Little Nikita

Little Nikita (1988)

He went to bed an all-American kid and woke up the son of Russian spies.

  • Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1988-03-17
  • User Rating: 5.9/10 from 100 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 38min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Columbia Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Richard Benjamin
star 5.9/10
From 100 Ratings


Roy Parmenter is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba, still at large. Scuba is now trying to extort the Soviets; to prove he's serious, he's killing their agents one by one, including "sleepers," agents under deep cover awaiting orders. Roy interviews a high school lad, Jeff Grant, an applicant to the Air Force Academy. In a routine background check, Roy discovers that Jeff's parents are sleepers. He must see if Jeff is also a spy, confront the parents yet protect them, and catch his nemesis. Meanwhile, the Soviets have sent their own spy-catcher, the loner Karpov, to reel in Scuba. Alliances shift; it's cat and mouse.

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  • Sidney Poitier

    as Roy Parmenter
  • River Phoenix

    as Jeff Grant
  • Richard Jenkins

    as Richard Grant
  • Caroline Kava

    as Elizabeth Grant
  • Lucy Deakins

    as Barbara Kerry
  • Richard Bradford

    as Konstantin Karpov
  • Richard Lynch

    as Scuba
  • Jerry Hardin

    as Brewer
  • Loretta Devine

    as Verna McLaughlin
  • Albert Fortell

    as Bunin
  • Ronald Guttman

    as Spessky
  • Jacob Vargas

    as Miguel
  • Roberto Jiménez

    as Joaquin
  • Robert Madrid

    as Sergeant Leathers
  • Chez Lister

    as Tom
  • Bill Stevenson

    as Tony
  • Thomas R. Zak

    as Brett
  • Newell Alexander

    as Drill Sergeant
  • Ingrid M. Rhoads

    as Corporal Hogan
  • Lisa McCullough

    as Water Skier
  • Richard Holden

    as Young Russian Diplomat
  • Vojislav Govedarica

    as Joe
  • Kim Strange

    as DMV Clerk
  • Lou Hancock

    as Nursery Customer
  • David M. Paynter

    as Spike
  • Biff Wiff

    as Bucky
  • Tasha Stewart

    as Dolphin Trainer
  • John Spafford

    as Trainer #2
  • Brooke Theiss

    as Dilys
  • Jonathan McMurtry

    as Tour Boat Guide
  • Charles T. Salter Jr.

    as Trolley Conductor
  • Rick L. Nahera

    as Trolley Passenger
  • Jim Parrott

    as U.S. Border Patrolman
  • Arlin Miller

    as TV Announcer
  • Julio Medina

    as Soccer Announcer
Camera László Kovács Director of Photography
Directing Richard Benjamin Director
Writing Bo Goldman Screenplay
Production Harry Gittes Producer
Sound Marvin Hamlisch Original Music Composer
Editing Jacqueline Cambas Editor
Writing John Hill Screenplay
Production Julio Medina Co-Producer
Production Gail Mutrux Associate Producer
Writing Tom Musca Story
Writing Terry Schwartz Story
Production David Rubin Casting
Art Gene Callahan Production Design
Art Hub Braden Art Direction
Art Lee Poll Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Patricia Norris Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Dorothy Byrne Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Bob Mills Makeup Artist
Production Art Levinson Unit Production Manager
Crew Conrad E. Palmisano Stunt Coordinator
Directing Dennis Maguire First Assistant Director
Directing Robin R. Oliver Second Assistant Director
Camera Ray De La Motte Camera Operator
Camera Joseph E. Thibo First Assistant Camera
Camera Brian W. Armstrong Second Assistant Camera
Directing Ray Quiroz Script Supervisor
Art Mark Hite Leadman
Art Ann Harris Set Designer
Art Sherman Labby Production Illustrator
Art Emily Ferry Property Master
Sound Jerry Jost Sound Mixer
Sound Dennis Jones Boom Operator
Sound Robert J. Litt Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound B. Tennyson Sebastian II Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Elliot Tyson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Louis L. Edemann Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Larry Carow Sound Editor
Sound Leonard T. Geschke Sound Editor
Sound Colin C. Mouat Sound Editor
Sound Chuck Neely Sound Editor
Sound Jay Engel ADR Editor
Production Barbara Harris ADR Voice Casting
Sound Tom Carlin Music Editor
Sound Jack Hayes Orchestrator
Costume & Make-Up Dan Bronson Costumer
Camera Len Hekel Still Photographer
Crew Vic Heutschy Unit Publicist
Lighting Richmond L. Aguilar Chief Lighting Technician
Lighting Paul Caven Best Boy Electric
Camera Gene Kearney Key Grip
Camera Donald L. Hartley Dolly Grip
Art Marvin Salsberg Construction Coordinator
Art David Gabrielli Construction Foreman
Art Donald R. Abblett Standby Painter
Production Greg Lazzaro Location Manager
Crew Gene R. Johnson Transportation Coordinator
Crew Jerry F. Johnson Transportation Captain
Production Lisa Beach Casting Assistant
Editing Gary Burritt Negative Cutter
Editing Phil Hetos Color Timer
Directing Conrad E. Palmisano Second Unit Director
Directing Josh McLaglen Second Unit First Assistant Director