Little Odessa


1h 38m 1994

Brief Synopsis

Joshua Shapira is a hardened young criminal--he's a hit man for the Russian mob--who is estranged from his family and banished from the streets of Little Odessa. Forced to go back to Brighton Beach for a quick job, he is inexorably drawn into his old world. Joshua's worshipful little brother Reuben

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
New Line International
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Fine Line Features; First Independent Films; Live Home Video; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Joshua Shapira is a hardened young criminal--he's a hit man for the Russian mob--who is estranged from his family and banished from the streets of Little Odessa. Forced to go back to Brighton Beach for a quick job, he is inexorably drawn into his old world. Joshua's worshipful little brother Reuben is con-man enough to skip school for weeks without his parents finding out and Alla is a young woman in the neighborhood who is drawn to Joshua even though she knows he is a murderer. Meanwhile, Joshua and Reuben's aging parents fail to grasp the loyalty and violence that permeates their children's lives.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
New Line International
Distribution Company
FINE LINE/FINE LINE FEATURES; Fine Line Features; First Independent Films; Live Home Video; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner, along with Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures" (New Zealand/1994) and Carlo Mazzacurati's "Il Toro" (Italy/1994), of the Silver Lion award at the 1994 Venice Film Festival. In addition, Vanessa Redgrave received the Volpi Cup for best supporting actress.

Expanded Release in United States June 16, 1995

Expanded Release in United States June 2, 1995

Expanded Release in United States June 23, 1995

Expanded Release in United States June 9, 1995

Released in United States 1995

Released in United States January 1995

Released in United States March 1995

Released in United States November 1994

Released in United States on Video September 19, 1996

Released in United States September 1994

Released in United States Spring May 19, 1995

Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 30 - April 9, 1995.

Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 2-11, 1994.

Shown at London Film Festival November 3-20, 1994.

Shown at Portland International Film Festival February 17 - March 5, 1995.

Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 3-12, 1995.

Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 1995.

Shown at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Media Conference in Austin, Texas March 10-18, 1995.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 8-17, 1994.

Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 1-12, 1994.

Feature directorial debut for USC graduate James Gray.

Began shooting January 20, 1994.

Completed shooting February 28, 1994.

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Portland International Film Festival February 17 - March 5, 1995.)

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Seattle International Film Festival May 18 - June 11, 1995.)

Released in United States January 1995 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Premieres) in Park City, Utah January 19-29, 1995.)

Released in United States March 1995 (Shown at Santa Barbara International Film Festival March 3-12, 1995.)

Released in United States March 1995 (Shown at South By Southwest (SXSW) Film & Media Conference in Austin, Texas March 10-18, 1995.)

Released in United States Spring May 19, 1995

Expanded Release in United States June 2, 1995

Expanded Release in United States June 9, 1995

Released in United States 1995 (Shown at Cleveland International Film Festival March 30 - April 9, 1995.)

Expanded Release in United States June 16, 1995

Expanded Release in United States June 23, 1995

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Deauville Film Festival September 2-11, 1994.)

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 8-17, 1994.)

Released in United States September 1994 (Shown at Venice Film Festival (in competition) September 1-12, 1994.)

Released in United States on Video September 19, 1996

Released in United States November 1994 (Shown at London Film Festival November 3-20, 1994.)