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Little Nikita (1988)

PG | | Drama, Thriller | 18 March 1988 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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Drama | Thriller

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18 March 1988 (USA)  »

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The Sleepers  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,733,070 (USA)
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Using the narrative of family unity as a focal point, the film explores the confrontation between Roy and Jeff, an almost surrogate father-son relationship that brings the boy pain and anguish as he is forced to face the dark side of his family. Screenwriter Bo Goldman commented about the film: "'Little Nikita' is about a child's greatest fear, losing his parents' love , and how betrayal not only puts love in jeopardy, but more likely, in the past. The espionage story dramatizes the theme of family love ironically. The point is, love is the only nationality". 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: Shove this up your bladder Boris.
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Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

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'til The Next Time
Written, Produced and Performed by Charlie Mitchell
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pleasure still with us
22 June 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

On one level, "Little Nikita" is just another silly action movie. But strong performances and some interesting turns keep this one afloat. FBI agent Roy Parmenter (Sidney Poitier) interviews teenager Jeff Grant (River Phoenix), who is trying to get into the Air Force Academy. But while reviewing Jeff, Roy discovers the most surprising thing of all: Jeff's parents are Soviet "sleeper" spies who fled to the United States and never told him about their history. Moreover, there's renegade Soviet agent Scuba - who murdered Roy's partner many years earlier - looking for Jeff, while the USSR has sent someone to capture Scuba! Yeah, it's beyond convoluted, and - quite frankly - improbable. But director Richard Benjamin knows how to to do it. There isn't a dull moment anywhere in the movie. Pretty interesting. And playing Jeff's dad is Richard Jenkins, aka Nate Sr on "Six Feet Under".


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