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      Little Odessa

      R 1994 1 hr. 38 min. Crime Drama List
      53% 19 Reviews Tomatometer 69% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Long separated from his Russian family, hit man Joshua (Tim Roth) returns to Brighton Beach for a contract killing for the Russian Mafia. His abusive father, Arkady (Maximilian Schell), banned him from returning after Joshua committed his first murder. He takes up residence in a hotel, and soon everyone knows he has returned. He goes home to visit his dying mother, Irina (Vanessa Redgrave), and prepares for the assassination, getting drawn back into the criminal community he left behind. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 18 Buy Now

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      Dusan T A story about loneliness and love. A successful depiction of claustrophobia that the Russian section of Brighton Beach was at the time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/24 Full Review Alec B You can see brief flashes of potential brilliance, but the fact that none of them amount to anything only makes the film more disappointing. Also, I hope that whoever was the boom mic operator for this never worked again. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 11/10/23 Full Review kevin c Tim Roth plays a contract killer who returns to his home community in Brooklyn known as Little Odessa while his mother is on her deathbed, his dysfunctional relationship with his father and his younger brother, played by Edward Furlong who idolizes him. Kind of a downer of a movie, but filled with fine performances and an interesting yet bleak story. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This was a 1990s crime film I skipped at the time, but now wanted to go back to watch after greatly enjoying writer/director James Gray's more recent film "The Lost City of Z." In this film Tim Roth plays a hitman for the Russian Mob returning home to Little Odessa, a primarily Russian Neighborhood in New York City, but the main focus is on his younger brother Edward Furlong and the brothers' relationship to each other and their parents, Vanessa Redgrave as the terminally ill mother and Maximilian Schell as the caring father. Although there is a crime story about the mafia going after Roth, at it's core "Little Odessa" is a dark family melodrama. Much like "The Lost City of Z," writer/director Gray creates rich characters with strong performances (Moira Kelly is also quite good as Roth's girlfriend). Both films also similar present a terrific sense of place, that's reminiscent of the works of Herzog or Wim Wenders, where the setting and locations play almost as important a role in the film as the story and characters. An unfortunate similarity between the two films is a slow meandering pace. A major strike against "Little Odessa" is that I'm not quite sure of the film's subtext or central theme. There's likely something about family, but whatever point Gray had in mind gets obscured by subplots and melodrama. Still, despite the film's slow pace and lack of clear purpose, it's visually arresting, features strong performances, and paints a vivid picture of what it's like to live and breath in Little Odessa. Deeply flawed, but well worth watching. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member One of those little indies that I remember hearing about when I was in high school. On its face it's appealing: a hitman comes back to his old hood for a job and tries to reconnect with his family. It has a nice cast. But the characters are thinly drawn and the tone of the film is so unrelentingly somber that it ends up being lifeless. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Joshua Shapira (Tim Roth), 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 Reuben (Edward Furlong), who adores him, talking with his dying mother Irina (Vanessa Redgrave), who still loves him, and yes, arguing with his abusive father Arkady (Maximilian Schell), 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... "Little Odessa" was written and directed by James Gray, in his directorial debut. The film earned a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association. It also earned admiration from French master Claude Chabrol. The storyline in "Little Odessa" with a dysfunctional family in the centre is not something new, but the approach to use Brighton Beach, known for its high population of Russian-speaking immigrants, as the focal point in the film makes "Little Odessa" stand out. I have wanted to see this film for a long time, but in the end I was still not fully happy. Yes, it was James Gray´s directorial debut, and you can see that as the editing is not 100% for example. Some scenes makes no sense and there´s no good flow in the film in my opinion. Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Maximilian Schell, Moira Kelly and Vanessa Redgrave are all great, but there´s something missing for this bleak, cold and gritty thriller to be something more than a 3 out of 5 in my book. Trivia: Great quote by Tim Roth´s character Joshua: "We'll wait 10 seconds and see if God saves you" when he is about to make a hit. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Anthony Puccinelli Chicago Reader Little Odessa is the kind of tragedy where the father always forgets the syrup. Rated: 1/4 Jun 7, 2022 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: C- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Steve Davis Austin Chronicle Rated: 4.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Quentin Crisp Christopher Street The film has no plot. The audience never knows why the murders take place and soon ceases to care. Apr 21, 2022 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com This dark, brooding family melodrama, set against the context of Brooklyn's Russian-Jewish mob, is well acted by Tim Roth, Maximillian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, and Edward Furlong. Rated: B- Mar 13, 2008 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Rated: 1/5 Feb 21, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Long separated from his Russian family, hit man Joshua (Tim Roth) returns to Brighton Beach for a contract killing for the Russian Mafia. His abusive father, Arkady (Maximilian Schell), banned him from returning after Joshua committed his first murder. He takes up residence in a hotel, and soon everyone knows he has returned. He goes home to visit his dying mother, Irina (Vanessa Redgrave), and prepares for the assassination, getting drawn back into the criminal community he left behind.
      Director
      James Gray
      Executive Producer
      Rolf Mittweg, Nick Wechsler, Claudia Lewis
      Production Co
      Fine Line Features, New Line Cinema, Live Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2007
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $989.9K
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
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