Little_Nikita-1988Little Nikita is a 1988 American cult drama film starring River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier.

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

Roy Parmenter (Poitier) is an FBI agent in San Diego; 20 years ago his partner was killed by a Soviet spy, nicknamed Scuba (Richard Lynch), 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 (Phoenix), 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 (Richard Bradford), to reel in Scuba. Alliances shift; it’s cat and mouse. []