->''"I can do anything I want. Is America."''
-->--'''Lucia Lombardo''' (Creator/MariaConchitaAlonso)

''Moscow on the Hudson'' is a 1984 comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky and starring Creator/RobinWilliams.

Vladimir Ivanov is a saxophone player for the Moscow circus. Poor and miserable, he endures the long lines and the police breathing down his neck. His friend, Anatoly, lends him his apartment so Ivanov can be alone with his girlfriend. They will be performing in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, and Anatoly wishes to defect. Ivanov is approached by the KGB, who wants him to rat out his friend.

During the visit to New York, however, it is Vladimir who ends up seeking asylum. In legal limbo, he can only find low-paying jobs, and has to stay with a family living in the slums. He must learn to cope in this strange land, what it holds in store for him, and whether or not he can achieve UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream.

!! "Tropes on the Hudson":

* BadassGrandpa: In Russia, Vladimir is a buffer between the KGB and his crazy grandfather, who has a dangerous habit of defiantly shouting anti-Soviet invectives out the window.
* BangBangBANG: [[spoiler: Vladimir, shaken up after having being mugged, thinks he hears gunshots. It's Fourth Of July firecrackers.]]
* BigApplesauce: And the poster art even parodies the famous Saul Steinberg cover for ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' seen on the trope page.
* BurgerFool: Vladimir's first American job is at [=McDonald's=]. ("Come back [=McSoon=].")
* CelebrityParadox: A Maria Conchita Alonso song plays on the stereo during Lucia's family's celebration after she has become an American citizen.
* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: "I defect!"[[note]]A security guard thinks he said "defecate".[[/note]][[note]]The sales clerk thinks he is saying the jeans he is holding are ''defect''ive. [[/note]]
* CrazyCulturalComparison
* CulturalPosturing: Lucia when she tells the TokenBlack guy that her people "hired Michelangelo while his people still lived in straw huts".
* {{Eagleland}}: A perfect example of the "mixed" flavor.
-->'''Vladimir''': It's a strange country.
-->'''Boris''': Yes. Strange and wonderful.
* EarnYourHappyEnding
* {{Fanservice}}: Did Creator/MariaConchitaAlonso have to have a nude scene in the bathtub? Well, she didn't ''have'' to.
** PantyShot: When her skirt briefly blows up while she and Vladimir are on a boat at her family's celebration after she has become a U.S. citizen.
*** Also, when they are dancing at the restaurant.
* FauxFluency: Averted - Robin Williams learned conversational Russian (and also to play the saxophone) to do this role. It's then [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] as Vladimir (Williams) and Anatoly (Elya Baskin) practice their English:
-->'''Vladimir''': Hello, Mister, may I buy lamb chop?
-->'''Anatoly''': Sure thing, Mister.
-->'''Vladimir''': Do you read Creator/ErnestHemingway?
-->'''Anatoly''': Every [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] day.
-->'''Vladimir''': Kiss me, beautiful.
* FishOutOfWater: Vladimir. Witherspoon jokes about it:
-->"I can understand how the brother feels. I'm a refugee myself from Alabama."
* FreedomFromChoice: Vladimir, coming from a Communist country where consumer choice is limited, has a [[HeroicBSOD nervous breakdown]] in an American grocery store when he's confronted by an innumerable amount of different kinds of coffee.
* FunnyForeigner
* HowWeGotHere: The movie starts with Vladimir meeting a newly arrived immigrant on a bus and having a chat.
* AnImmigrantsTale
* JurisdictionFriction: Played for laughs in the standoff between the KGB agent and the Bloomie's security guard:
-->'''Agent''': I want to keep my comrade from making a big mistake.
-->'''Guard''': I told you to back off! You're in ''my'' jurisdiction, which runs from Style Boutique to Personal Fragrances. So keep your hands off the man!
* MistakenForSpies: "KGB?"...."No.[Gets the picture] G-A-Y."
* NewscasterCameo: Kaity Tong as an ABC-TV correspondent reports on Vladimir's defection at Bloomingdale's (Tong was a anchor and reporter with WABC-TV in New York at the time).
* NonIronicClown: Anatoly. Bittersweet, though.
* RealMenWearPink: Being pursued by a possible CIA or KGB agent? Bad. Being pursued by a gay guy? No problem. Vladimir even tells the guy, "Good luck."
* [[CaliforniaDoubling Russia Doubling]]: The scenes set in Russia were filmed in Munich.
* SexIsGood: Vladimir says this word for word to try to get Lucia to come back to his apartment.
* SwitchToEnglish: During an early scene in Russia, two characters decide to practice their English by continuing their conversation in English.
* VodkaDrunkenski
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* WrongSideOfTheTracks