Little Nikita

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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.

  1. Richard Benjamin


  2. John Hill


  3. Bo Goldman


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  1. Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier

    Roy Parmenter

  2. River Phoenix

    River Phoenix

    Jeff Grant

  3. Richard Jenkins

    Richard Jenkins

    Richard Grant

  4. Caroline Kava

    Caroline Kava

    Elizabeth Grant

  5. Lucy Deakins

    Lucy Deakins

    Barbara Kerry

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 38m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • March 17, 1988
    PG, Theatrical



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