MILL CREEK DVD RELEASE: Through the Decades: 1980s Collection: Little Nikita (1988)

River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier made one well-regarded political thriller together — Sneakers — but did you know they did another?

Directed by Richard Benjamin and written by Bo Goldman (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) and John Hill (Quigley Down Under), Little Nikita does what The Americans did several decades earlier. Jeffrey Nicolas Grant’s (Phoenix) parents — Richard (Richard Grant) and Elizabeth (Carolina Kava) — are really Russian deep cover agents that have actually forgotten their mission and settled into America.

Things would be fine if it weren’t for the Soviet killer called Scuba (Richard Lynch) and his mission to murder these sleeper agents one by one. Konstantin Karpov (Richard Bradford), a Soviet spy catcher, wants to stop him. And so does Roy Parmenter (Poitier), who wants revenge on Scuba for killing his partner several decades ago.

It seems like no one was happy with this movie, as Phoenix felt Benjamin treated him like a child and that the Russian characters were too simplistic. Worse, Columbia Pictures chief David Puttnam told Benjamin that it was one of the worst movies he had ever seen and tried to get editor Jim Clark to fix the film.

It bombed at the box office, as did the movie that pretty much remakes it, Abduction.

The Mill Creek Through the Decades: 1980s Collection has a ton of great movies at an affordable price. It also has Punchline, Who’s Harry Crumb?Vice VersaThe New KidsRoxanneBlue Thunder, Suspect, Band of the Hand and Like Father, Like Son. You can get this set from Deep Discount.

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