“In America, almost anything is possible.”
Russian saxophonist Vladimir Ivanoff (Robin Williams) defects to America, and must adjust to his new life as an immigrant.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Cold War
- Immigrants and Immigration
- Paul Mazursky Films
- Robin Williams Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “seriocomic pat on the back to the unfulfilled American immigrant” provides a “sobering view of America”, and admirably depicts both the heartache and the joy of being an immigrant in a land of hard-scrabble wealth and abused freedoms. Mazursky wisely shows both the positive and negative aspects of life in Soviet Russia and capitalistic America: back in Russia, Williams was surrounded by loving family and friends:
… but had to stand in line for hours to get even the most basic supplies:
In America, he struggles to earn a living, but is free to pursue his dreams.
While the story is hokey and contrived at times, there are many memorable moments, and Williams’s sympathetic performance makes this film highly recommended.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Robin Williams as Vladimir Ivanoff
No, but it’s recommended.