This film tells a bitter tale of a dysfunctional family. Joshua, a cold-blooded professional killer, returns to his Brighton Beach boyhood home for a "job." He knows it will be difficult to... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Yards (2000)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he ... See full summary »

Director: James Gray
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Charlize Theron
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes
Two Lovers (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw
No Way Home (1996)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An ex-cons future is threatened by his brother's involvement with drugs.

Director: Buddy Giovinazzo
Stars: Tim Roth, Deborah Kara Unger, James Russo
Captives (1994)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A beautiful young dentist (Ormond) working in a tough British prison starts to become attracted to a violent inmate (Roth) after the break-up of her marriage, and embarks upon an illicit ... See full summary »

Director: Angela Pope
Stars: Julia Ormond, Tim Roth, Keith Allen
The Immigrant (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Dostoevsky-inspired drama set in 1900s Prague about a bored arrogant playboy who spends time seducing other men's wives and dueling. He begins an affair with his friend's wife, but falls in love with her. She becomes pregnant. Is it his?

Director: Beda Docampo Feijóo
Stars: Tim Roth, Peter Firth, Ana Belén
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jack is now out of jail and he meets Nick, his adolescent son. Their relationship will be complicated, because Jack has a problem with alcohol. But his love for Nick will help him to get over the past and reach his dreams.

Director: Martin Bell
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Edward Furlong, John Boylan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Nick is a feckless television salesman who gets fired and impulsively decides that he and his girlfriend, Beth, will move to Butte, MT, which he's read is "the city of the future." "I read ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Steinberg
Stars: Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth
Short | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A private investigator who is hired to bring a man's 16-year-old runaway daughter back home has second thoughts about his job when he sees the man beat his daughter.

Director: James Gray
Crime | Thriller

A Caucasian orphan is adopted into a Chinese family in Boston and grows up with deep ties to an Asian gang.

Director: James Gray
Backsliding (1992)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

While in prison, Jack had two momentous experiences: he got religion, and met the woman who would become his wife. He and Alison are devoted to the idea of staying in God's good graces, so ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Target
Stars: Tim Roth, Jim Holt, Odile Le Clezio
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Alla Shustervich
...
Irina Shapira
...
Boris Volkoff
Natalya Andreychenko ...
Natasha
...
...
Sasha
Mina Bern ...
Grandma Tsilya
...
Ivan
Mohammed Ghaffari ...
Pahlevi
...
Yuri
Dmitry Preyers ...
Victor
David Ross ...
Anatoly
Ron Brice ...
Man with One Leg
Edit

Storyline

This film tells a bitter tale of a dysfunctional family. Joshua, a cold-blooded professional killer, returns to his Brighton Beach boyhood home for a "job." He knows it will be difficult to return to the Russian-immigrant community of his youth--in his eyes, we see anticipation of the inevitable emotional pain and psychic turmoil that seeing his forsaken family and estranged companions will bring him. To do his job, and try to maintain some semblence of sanity, he has had to wall off his humanity from even himself. Seeing his kid brother, who adores him, talking with his dying mother, who still loves him, and yes, arguing with his abusive father, begins to wreak havoc with his personal defenses. As his steely demeanor begins to dissolve, we are shown the soul of a hit-man crumbling away, piece by piece. Finally, all that he now allows himself to admit that he loves is agonizingly torn away from him and he is left with the ultimate punishment for his transgressions. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Brothers in blood. Partners in crime. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong shootings, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contract Killer  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,095,885 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

It took director James Gray two years to get the financing in place to make the film. See more »

Goofs

In the scenes where Mr. Schell is supposedly speaking Russian, his language is unintelligible beyond the simplest words. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joshua Shapira: It's done.
See more »

Connections

Features Vengeance Valley (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Classic Russian Crime Flick
8 August 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Director and writer James Gray has created a gem in Little Odessa.

Starring Tim Roth who has also been in other classic flicks, The Musketeer 2001, Gridlock'd 1997, No Way Home 1996, Pulp Fiction 1994, Reservoir Dogs 1992, The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover 1989, Meantime 1984 and Made in Britain 1982.

Also starring Edward Furlong who has also been in other classic flicks, American History X 1998 and Terminator 2: Judgement Day 1991.

Also starring Moira Kelly.

Also starring Venessa Redgrave who has also been in another classic flick, The Devils 1971.

Also starring Maximillian Schell who has also been in other classic flicks, Vampires 1998 and Cross of Iron 1977.

I enjoyed the violence.

If you enjoyed this as much as I did then check out other classic Russian crime flicks, The Mechanik 2005, Mute Witness 1994, Command Performance 2009, Running Scared 2006 and Driven to Kill 2009.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why I absolutely hate this film. fabergelover
This is it! glueyporch
Another obliquely Dull film with russian mobsters hughes-trent
Why is there only a FF DVD available? harryknuckles
what is the piece of music played in the scenes starting with... hauntedwoods
mira kelly nude wesleykelley
Discuss Little Odessa (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?