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Little Nikita (1988)

PG | | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Parmenter
... Jeff Grant
... Richard Grant
... Elizabeth Grant
... Konstantin Karpov
... Scuba
... Verna McLaughlin
... Barbara Kerry
... Brewer
... Bunin
... Sgt. Leathers (as Robb Madrid)
... Spessky
... 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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,733,070
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Several major scenes were photographed in San Diego civic showplaces. The Performing Arts Center and nearby Spreckels Theatre were both used for filming the "Sleeping Beauty" ballet, during which a KGB agent begins to reactivate Jeff's parents. Appearing as visiting Kirov Ballet dancers in this scene were four principals of the American Ballet Theatre: Martine Van Hamel, Michael Owen, Christine Dunham and Robert Hill, who actually were performing in "Sleeping Beauty" in San Diego at the same time that "Little Nikita" was being filmed there. See more »

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Karpov says to Grant when he first meets him: "Call me 'tovarishch', which means 'friend'." Tovarishch is the Russian word for comrade, while Droog is the word for friend. See more »

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Roy Parmenter: You gotta' be crazy to bring a child into this ugly world.
Jeff Grant: What's so hard about it?
Roy Parmenter: Making a buck. Raising a family. Keeping it all together takes talent. Love.
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Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

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Along The Way
Written and Produced by David Kurtz and Jack Allocco
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Involving, But Only So-So Overall
13 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a fairly involving story, although it's better in the first half. After that, the kid gets annoying but then the film picks back up in the last 15 minutes. The story is about this teen boy "Jeff Grant" (River Phoenix) who discovers his parents are "sleepr" KGB agents, spies are out of the business. They have come to the United States to start over with their kid.

Meanwhile, an assassin is killing those former, or "sleeper," if you will, agents. "Roy Parmenter" (Sidney Poitier), an FBI man, is after anyone it seems. That last part is a bit confusing.

The story taxes ones believability here and there but is interesting most of the way. However, I thought Phoenix overacts in a number of scenes. This was far from his best performance in his abbreviated film career.


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