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Little Odessa [DVD] [1994]

Release Date:08/27/2002
A hit man must choose between the lure of crime and family loyalty in this stark crime drama from Artisan. Presented in 1.33:1 pan and scan and featuring a closed captioned English Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack, this release features an outstanding performance by Tim Roth.
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    Special Features

    • Full Frame version
    • 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround
    • Scene index
    • Interactive menus
    • Digitally mastered


    Little Odessa
    A somber portrait of organized crime and family trauma, Little Odessa centers on the trouble caused when hit man Joshua Shapira (Tim Roth) returns to his old neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. A hired killer for the Russian Mafia, Joshua is given an assignment in his hometown, where he renews contact with his younger brother Reuben (Edward Furlong) and an old flame (Moira Kelly). But others do not welcome Joshua's return, particularly his harsh, estranged father (Maximillian Schell), who had disowned Joshua years before and currently attempts to keep him from visiting his seriously ill mother (Vanessa Redgrave). The pressure of these family crises combine with Joshua's deepening involvement in the local crime scene, ultimately triggering a bloody confrontation. First-time director James Gray creates a solemn, oppressive atmosphere that emphasizes the already grim nature of his story. The slow pace and familiar crime narrative were attacked by many viewers, contributing to a mixed critical reaction, but Little Odessa nevertheless won admiration for Gray's visual sense and the skilled performance by Roth in the unsympathetic lead role. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Tim Roth
      Tim Roth - Joshua Shapira
    • Edward Furlong
      Edward Furlong - Reuben Shapira
    • Moira Kelly
      Moira Kelly - Alla Shustervich
    • Vanessa Redgrave
      Vanessa Redgrave - Irina Shapira
    • Maximilian Schell
      Maximilian Schell - Arkady Shapira

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