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Little Nikita (1988)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  18 March 1988 (USA)
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An FBI agent works to uncover an All-American family as Soviet sleeper agents and gets caught up in friendship with their unaware son.

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Roy Parmenter
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Jeff Grant
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Richard Grant
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Elizabeth Grant
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Konstantin Karpov
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Scuba
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Verna McLaughlin
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Barbara Kerry
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Brewer
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Bunin
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Sgt. Leathers (as Robb Madrid)
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Spessky
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Miguel
Roberto Jiménez ...
Joaquin
Chez Lister ...
Tom
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Roy Parmenter is a veteran FBI agent who has spent the last 20 years trying to find the Russian agent who killed his partner whom he calls Scuba. When a couple of deep cover Russian agents are killed Parmenter thinks Scuba is the one doing it. The Russians who have received word from Scuba that if they want him to stop, they have to pay him. So they send a veteran Russian agent, Karpov to stop him. Parmenter was tasked with performing background checks on people applying for certain things requiring security clearance and when he comes across Jeffrey Grant who's applying to the Air Force Academy, he discovers that his parents' info is false. He also learns of Karpov coming into the country and suspects that he is here to stop Scuba and that Karpov went to the city where Jeffrey and his family live, so he decides to keep an eye on Jeffrey and his family. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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He went to bed an all-American kid and woke up the son of Russian spies.

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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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The Sleepers  »

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$1,733,070 (USA)
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Trivia

The period of time that the "sleeper agents" had been inactive for was twenty years. See more »

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When Karpov gets into the cab after crossing the border, the camera, crew, lights and a bounce board are reflected in the window. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Grant: Look Mr. F.B.I man, if you're so sure and if you're so right, why don't you just arrest them?
Roy Parmenter: Well, because... they haven't done anything yet.
Jeff Grant: You manipulating son of a bitch!
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Shattered
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average despite Poitier and Phoenix's combined efforts to make it better
13 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Roy Parmenter (Sidney Poitier), having a great mistrust for anything Russian, arguably understandably so as his FBI partner had been killed by a Soviet spy codenamed Scuba decades earlier, has to ascertain if Jeff Grant (River Phoenix), a recent Air Force applicant, is in fact a Soviet spy just as his 'sleeper' parents are, while at the same time protecting them from the aforementioned spy who killed his partner all those years ago and whom is now has turned rouge and is killing Soviet agents in an effort to extort money from Russia.

This film is would be a strictly average 'espionage' thriller if not for Poitier and Phoenix who give some excellent acting in a vain attempt to propel this film above it's source material. They're not entirely successful, as the movie is still pretty of the cut and paste variety. But at the same time I do appreciate their combined efforts.

My Grade: C


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