R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.
Director Paul Mazursky said of actor Cleavant Derricks who played Lionel Witherspoon: "When Cleavant came to read for the part of Lionel, I was frankly in the midst of deciding between two other actors. However, Cleavant said about three or four words, and I knew it was over. He has a real awareness of who he is," said Mazursky. "He is a real person with a lot of dignity and warmth and, still, he has got the street in him. Cleavant goes so far beyond the cliches that it can be disarming."
french man on bus:
Excuse me, sir. Does this bus go to the Lincoln Center?
In Ivanov's Moscow apartment he greets his family "utro" ("morning" in English). But it doesn't work in Russian. The only correct way is to say it in full "dobroe utro" (good morning). Obviously but mistakenly copied from common way to cut it short in English - "morning".
CBS edited 19 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.
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