Little Nikita 1988

Little Nikita

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Roy Parmenter (Sidney Poitier) is an FBI agent with a long-standing vendetta against a Russian spy named Scuba (Richard Lynch). Now, Scuba is blackmailing the Soviet government by tracking down and assassinating their sleeper agents in the United States. Parmenter discovers that high-school student Jeff Grant (River Phoenix) is the son of two such agents (Caroline Kava, Richard Jenkins), which is a total shock to Jeff. Parmenter must try to track Scuba while also protecting the Grants.

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Sidney Poitier
Roy Parmenter
Richard Jenkins
Richard Grant
Caroline Kava
Elizabeth Grant
Richard Bradford
Konstantin Karpov
Richard Lynch
Scuba
Loretta Devine
Verna McLaughlin
Lucy Deakins
Barbara Kerry
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Critic Reviews for Little Nikita

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Audience Reviews for Little Nikita

  • Apr 05, 2010
    Jeff Grant (River Phoenix) is a San Diego teen who discovers his father Richard (Richard Jenkins) and mother Elizabeth Grant) are KGB agents. When he applies to the Air Force Academy, a routine FBI check leads to the shocking news. Soon the suburb of Fountain Grove becomes the focus of international agents and espionage. FBI agent Roy Parmenter (Sidney Poitier) helps Jeff absorb the shock and he battles KGB agent Konstantin Karpov (Richard Bradford) in a race to capture the Soviet agents. The excellent performances from Poitier and Phoenix are the highlight of this feature.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2009
    usually not a fan of sidney poitier but was here and it's the first time i've really seen river phoenix in anything, and it's a shame he's dead coz he seemed like a good young actor, almost a bit ballsy like edward furlong the first time i saw him in terminator 2
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  • Jan 13, 2009
    Ever have one of those days when you find out that your loving and caring parents are actually KGB spies? Weak cold war dramatics elevated by strong performances from Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix. Otherwise, it's completely forgettable.
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2008
    Well-crafted, old-fashioned espionage story about the awakening of "sleeper" agents. Sidney Poitier is fabulous as the FBI agent tracking the situation.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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