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Little Odessa (1994)

R | | Crime, Drama | 19 May 1995 (USA)
Early 1990s drama about a family of Soviet Jews living in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach ocean-side neighborhood nicknamed Little Odessa.




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


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>

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contract Killer  »

Box Office


$2,300,000 (estimated)


$1,095,885 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The building used for Mr Schell's mistress was 9701 Shore Road, also used in Saturday Night Fever (1977). See more »


Obviously shot out of sequence because snow can be seen in some shots and not the next. See more »


[first lines]
Joshua Shapira: It's done.
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Best I've seen Roth do
9 March 2007 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the movie. Tim Roth, who is apparently British, sounded to me (a Texan) as a perfect second-generation Russian Jew. He was so coldly efficient in this character that I did not even recognize him as the hapless robber in Pulp Fiction. Kudos also to Moira Kelly, Edward Furlong, and Maximilian Schell. Good direction and photography. The use of the Russian choral music throughout set the mood on medium-creepy, even when that was the only clue. I've never been to Brighton Beach, or even Brooklyn, but the film really brought home the gritty reality of that immigrant community. (I really just mean the day-to-day atmosphere of the place, not the mobster story plastered on it.) Worth checking out if you don't mind a slower, more cerebral sort of hit man movie.

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