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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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Joshua Shapira
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Reuben Shapira
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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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Arkady Shapira
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Sasha
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Grandma Tsilya
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Ivan
Mohammed Ghaffari ...
Pahlevi
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Yuri
Dmitry Preyers ...
Victor
David Ross ...
Anatoly
Ron Brice ...
Man with One Leg
Jace Kent ...
Mechanic
Marianna Lead ...
Clara
Gene Ruffini ...
Janitor
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Directed by

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James Gray

Written by

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James Gray ... (written by)

Produced by

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Claudia Lewis ... executive producer
Rolf Mittweg ... executive producer
Kerry Orent ... co-producer
Paul Webster ... producer
Nick Wechsler ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Tom Richmond

Film Editing by

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Dorian Harris

Editorial Department

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Jeffrey Ford ... second assistant editor (as Jeff Ford)
Bob Fredrickson ... color timer (as Robert Fredrickson)
Mark Gottlieb ... apprentice editor
Brian Johnson ... first assistant editor
Sharon McGeeney ... negative cutter
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor

Casting By

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Douglas Aibel

Production Design by

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Kevin Thompson

Art Direction by

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Judy Rhee

Set Decoration by

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Charles Ford

Costume Design by

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Michael Clancy

Makeup Department

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Kelly MacNeal ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Karen Nichols ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist

Production Management

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Christopher Goode ... production manager
Michael J. Harker ... post-production supervisor
Lisa Rosen ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Steve Apicella ... first assistant director
David M. Cox ... second assistant director
David 'Wex' Wechsler ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Annie Ballard ... on-set dresser
Gadi Barak ... chargeperson scenic
Lisa Davis ... art department coordinator
Dave Dearberg ... property master
Jim Lillis ... lead man
Stuart Montgomery ... swing set dresser
Mike Murphy ... swing set dresser
Michael Preston ... set dresser (as Mike Preston)
Danny Rovira ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Ulrika Akander ... dialogue editor
Bob Baron ... adr mixer
David Boulton ... adr mixer
Zane D. Bruce ... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Fred Cipriano ... sound effects editor
Robert Deschaine ... adr mixer (as bob deschaine)
Susan Dudeck ... adr editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... consultant: Dolby
Gary Gegan ... re-recording mixer
Jeanne Gilliland ... boom operator
Lewis Goldstein ... supervising sound editor
Matthew Iadarola ... re-recording mixer: supervising
David Jobe ... foley mixer
Kimberly Lambert ... dialogue editor
John A. Larsen ... supervising sound editor (as john a. larsen)
James Matheny ... dialogue editor
Tom Paul ... production sound mixer
Charleen Richards ... adr mixer
Mark Seagraves ... dialogue editor
Amanda Stern ... editing room intern
Alicia Stevenson ... foley artist
Athonia Cappelli ... sound editor (uncredited)
Jorge Cornejo ... spanish dialog re-recording mixer/dialog editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Drew Jiritano ... special effects
John Stifanich ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Jerry Kitz ... titles and optical effects

Stunts

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Roy Farfel ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tony Arnaud ... dolly grip
David Burroughs ... best boy grip
Patrick Cady ... electrician
Patrick Donovan ... grip
Vadim Frumin ... grip
Prashant Gupta ... still photographer
Margaret Heidenry ... grip
Xavier Henselmann ... grip
Margot Kingon ... electrician
Jonathan Mintz ... key grip
John Samaras ... assistant camera: second unit (as Yiannis Samaras)
Eric Schmidt ... gaffer
Emelia Stockdale ... first assistant camera
Andrew T. Watts ... best boy electric
Elizabeth Wick ... second assistant camera (as Liz Wick)

Casting Department

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Jordan Beswick ... casting assistant
Kalev Kuusoeks ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ellen Cowhey ... wardrobe supervisor
Kevin Donaldson ... costume assistant
Vicki Farrell ... assistant costume designer (as Victoria Farrell)
Joan Kaufman ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Eddy Collyns ... location manager
Jocelyn Jansons ... location assistant
Sarah Lindborg ... location assistant
Andrew Saxe ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Dick Bernstein ... music editor (as Richard Bernstein)
Richard Henderson ... music coordinator
Dana Sano ... music supervisor
Philip Tallman ... music editor

Script and Continuity Department

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Julie Oppenheimer ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Bobby Marsh ... driver

Other crew

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Paul C. Arianas ... assistant production office coordinator
Karl R. Austen ... production legal (as Karl Austen)
Gavin J. Behrman ... set production assistant
Suzanne Celeste ... dialect coach: Tim Roth
Olegar Fedoro ... dialogue coach: Russian, Vanessa Redgrave
Brian David Fisher ... production assistant
Cameron Jones ... production legal
Teri Kane ... unit publicist
Victoria McGarry ... production coordinator
Andy Muller ... office runner
Margo Myers ... production accountant
Victoria Robinson ... Production Office Assistant
Mimi Turner ... production assistant
Rick Washburn ... firearms

Thanks

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Bryan Burk ... special thanks
Scott Fleischer ... special thanks
John Lesher ... special thanks
Mark Ordesky ... special thanks
Matt Reeves ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Little Odessa - Eiskalt wie der Tod (Germany)
  • Cuestión de sangre (Spain)
  • Retorn a Little Odessa (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Mala Odessa (Poland)
  • Fuga para Odessa (Brazil)
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  • 98 min
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Budget $2,300,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia This film contains just 454 shots in about 92 minutes of action (i.e. excluding the credits). This equates to an average shot length of about 12 seconds. This is very long compared to the 3 - 6 second standard of most Hollywood films made in the 1990s. See more »
Goofs In the scenes where Mr. Schell is supposedly speaking Russian, his language is unintelligible beyond the simplest words. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Bridges of Madison County/Die Hard with a Vengeance/Forget Paris/Titanica/Little Odessa (1995). See more »
Quotes Arkady Shapira: You know there is a saying: When a child is six years old, it says, "the father can do everything". When he's twelve, he says, "the father can almost do everything". When he's sixteen, he says, "the father is an idiot". When he's twenty-four, he says, "the father wasn't maybe such an idiot", and then, when he's forty, he says, "if I could only ask my father". But I'm afraid my sons will never ask themselves that.
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