Leningrad Cowboys Go America

79 mins
7.6 / 10 (1274)


Kaurismäki transformed the Finnish band Sleepy Sleepers into the fictitious but wonderfully eccentric Cowboys, a struggling Siberian rock band, who fall foul of Soviet officialdom but head to the U.S. to tour all over the country, where “they’ll take anything.”

MUBI's take

Eastern European dry humor meets American idiosyncrasies in Aki Kaurismäki’s delightfully absurd classic, released the same year the Berlin Wall fell. Speeding through the Deep South, this off-beat adventure—featuring a Jim Jarmusch cameo—marks the birth of the most unforgettable cover band on film.

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