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|Directed by||James Gray|
|Produced by||Paul Webster|
|Written by||James Gray|
|Music by||Dana Sano|
|Editing by||Dorian Harris|
|Distributed by||Fine Line Features|
|Release dates||May 19, 1995|
|Running time||98 minutes|
|Box office||$1,095,885 (domestic) |
Little Odessa is an American crime film released in 1995 by James Gray, in his directorial debut, featuring Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly and Vanessa Redgrave. The film earned a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics. It also earned admiration from French master Claude Chabrol.
The film follows the personal relationship between a father, Arkady Shapira (Schell) and his two sons, Joshua and Reuben (Roth and Furlong). Joshua, the elder, is a hit-man for the Jewish-Russian mafia in Brooklyn and estranged from his family. After things go sour Joshua executes a man at a phone booth, which angers the mafia. Joshua starts dating Ally (Kelly) and his mother Irina (Redgrave) is dying. Ally asks Reuben if he has seen Joshua anywhere and the three go together to see a movie. Eventually Reuben takes Joshua home, but Arkady kicks him out.
Joshua then meets up with friends who have captured a man who assaulted the mafia; Joshua and the thugs take him to an abandoned warehouse where Joshua kills the man. Reuben, following without the gang's noticing, witnesses the killing. The next day, when Reuben is riding his bike, two men push him to the ground and tell him to tell Joshua that they are looking for him. Later that night Joshua and Ally have sex, then the next night Joshua takes Reuben to a closed museum, where Reuben vomits.
With the mafia looking for him Joshua stays at Ally's and Irina dies in front of Reuben. Later on the mafia searches the neighborhood and Reuben grabs a gun given to him by Joshua and kills three gang members, then is shot. Joshua hears the gunshots and leaves Ally's house; he kills the remaining gangsters, then is saddened when he finds out what occurred. He takes all the bodies to a broken-down house with a big fireplace, where he burns them. He then drives off in his car, ending the film.
- Tim Roth ... Joshua Shapira
- Edward Furlong ... Reuben Shapira
- Vanessa Redgrave ... Irina Shapira
- Maximilian Schell ... Arkady Shapira
- Moira Kelly ... Alla Shustervich
- Paul Guilfoyle ... Boris Volkov
- Natalya Andrejchenko ... Natasha
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