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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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Alla Shustervich
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Irina Shapira
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Boris Volkoff
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Natasha
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Sasha
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Grandma Tsilya
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Ivan
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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>

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Crime | Drama

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

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Mala Odessa  »

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$2,300,000 (estimated)

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$1,095,885 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Edward Furlong's favorite film of his own. See more »

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Joshua Shapira: It's done.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988) See more »

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Chilled me...literally
19 December 1998 | by (Peoria, IL) – See all my reviews

The thing I remember that most impressed me about Little Odessa was how director James Gray actually made me feel cold. There are a lot of exteriors that show a frozen, snow covered New York, but the whole thing is so wonderfully photographed that it actually made me feel chilled. The story is above average and Tim Roth is starting to run the risk of stereotyping himself into these kinds of violent characters...but this film will always remain one of my favorites because the simple look of the film affected me.


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