Moscow on the Hudson is a sweet, beautifully performed picture that unfortunately wanders around several patriotic themes.
Directed by Paul Mazursky with his usual unusual touches, Moscow would be in a lot of trouble without a superbly sensitive portrayal by Robin Williams of a gentle Russian circus musician who makes a sudden decision to defect while visiting the US.
As Mazursky sees it, Williams thus becomes one more in a flood of immigrants who still are coming to this country and discovering virtues that those already here many times forget. Of course, they also encounter the faults, as well.
The entire film is full of performers working way beyond the material. Cleavant Derricks is especially good. Maria Conchita Alonso is also spirited as Williams’ Italian girlfriend.