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Little Nikita (1988)

Sidney Poitier , River Phoenix , Richard Benjamin  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix, Richard Jenkins, Caroline Kava, Richard Bradford
  • Directors: Richard Benjamin
  • Writers: Bo Goldman, John Hill, Terry Schwartz, Tom Musca
  • Producers: Art Levinson, Gail Mutrux, Harry Gittes
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Korean, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXGH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Little Nikita" on IMDb

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A teenager's parents aredeep-cover Russian spies planted in the U.S. for eventual call to duty. After 20 years, the day of reckoning has arrived for the Grants, who have been enlisted by master KGB agent Karpov (Richard Bradford) to deal with a renegade Soviet spy. Caught in a lethal crossfire between the FBI and KGB, Jeff is forced to choose between love for his parents, his country and his own survival. With excellentperformances from a top-notch cast, LITTLE NIKITA is a fast-paced suspense thriller in the tradition of classic Hitchcock.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good May 7, 1999
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Don't listen to that screwed-up review above. This movie has plenty of suspense, tense moments, and fine performances, especially by River Phoenix and Sidney Portier. You'll love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold War Classic April 7, 2008
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This was indeed one of the last cold-war films that I can recall. The premise, that Soviet sleepers of many years could be called up for espionage, is played out with Mr. Poitier as the FBI agent working to foil the Soviets. I have only seen River Phoenix in this movie, yet he is masterful; it's such a shame his personal life was so tragic. I hadn't seen this movie in more than 10 years when I purchased the DVD. I found myself transfixed as I had in the movie theater originally. The two actors playing the sleepers were terrific, though I can never remember their names. Recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Cold War Story March 13, 2006
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Good story of a San Diego FBI agent in pursuit of a Soviet agent who is killing off Soviet "sleeper cells". There's good interaction between Agent Roy Parmenter and high schooler Jeff Grant whose parents are "sleepers". Great suspense as Roy and Jeff and parents play a cat and mouse game with the Soviet assassin. This is one of the last "true era" cold war movies to be made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the Rough January 10, 2010
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Before River Phoenix's untimely drug overdose death in 1993, he had made several great films including Stand By Me and My Private Idaho. While this film is not considered one of his best, I think it's a great '80s film that showcases his talents very well. In this story Jeff (Little Nikita) must come to grips with the fact that his parents are Russian spies, who have been laying low all these years waiting for their call to duty. When it finally comes, his parents have no interest anymore in the spy business and refuse to be activated. Jeff is kidnapped by a Russian spy and the chase is on by his parents and the FBI to get him back safe. Sidney Poitier plays a convincing FBI agent. This movie would no doubt be enjoyed more by older people who grew up during the cold war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes January 28, 2013
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This is a great older movie and certainly an asset to my vast collection. Arrived faster than a speeding bullit too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Nikita February 17, 2012
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Enjoyed this movie and when it came available in DVD, I wanted it. The movie has the action that I like. Thank you
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Nikita September 24, 2007
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Sure I am a big fan of Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix, but this movie is an excellent spy thriller. When a long time sleeper cell wakes up they the cold war is pretty much over and they don't want to activate to spy or carry out covert operations against the U.S. any longer. The wife and husband have a teenage son who has only known the ways of being an American. The problem is they are being hunted by their own and only with the help of the FBI, and an agent played by Poitier, are they likely to have any chance at survival. Good quality DVD with plenty of replayability. If you enjoyed this catch The Jackal - DTS, Shoot to Kill, and Sneakers (Collector's Edition).

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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not One of My Favorites April 5, 1999
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I saw this movie because it stars River Phoenix, my favorite actor. I would have to say that this movie basically wastes his talent [but not as much as A Night In the Life of Jimmy Reardon does]. The plot in this movie is kind of far fechted and hard to follow or get into. I'd avoid this movie unless you're a River fan.
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