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.
The scenes set in Russia were shot in Munich, Germany at Bavaria Studios. The studio had a large exterior set of an Eastern European city street that the filmmakers could dress however they wanted. This allowed them to shoot most of the exteriors without the added complications of shooting on real city streets. The street was named "Bergmanstrasse" because it had originally been constructed for Ingmar Bergman's film The Serpent's Egg.
french man on bus:
Excuse me, sir. Does this bus go to the Lincoln Center?
Whenever Vladimir plays the saxophone, he is clearly not playing the music heard (the fingering is off and there doesn't seem to be any particular rhyme or reason to his breathing).
CBS edited 19 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.