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Further Phoenix
at Rio's Attic:

Iris Burton

A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

Little Nikita

Columbia Pictures

Richard Benjamin

John Hill

Bo Goldman

Jeff Grant

Sidney Poitier

Richard Grant

Elizabeth Grant

Roy Parmenter

Richard Jenkins

Caroline Kava

Richard Bradford

Konstantin Karpov

Richard Lynch

Scuba
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix
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Little Nikita

The Sleepers


Released By:Columbia Pictures
Year:1988
Director:Richard Benjamin
Screenplay:John Hill and Bo Goldman


Sidney Poitier
as Roy Parmenter


River Phoenix
as Jeff Grant


Richard Jenkins
as Richard Grant


Caroline Kava
as Elizabeth Grant


Richard Bradford
as Konstantin Karpov


Richard Lynch
as Scuba


"You gotta be crazy to bring a child into this ugly world."

Patriotic American Jeff Grant applies to join the Air Force only to discover that his parents are in fact KGB agents. This movie was also extensively edited and shortened and released under the name of The Sleepers.


River with co-star Lucy Deakins,
a character cut from The Sleepers.

Iris Burton, River's agent, felt that this script along with his previous film A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon would show the full range of his acting abilities. River, on the other hand, found the whole plot rather farfetched. "I really didn't like the way the Russians were portrayed - it was a bit stereotypical," he said.

River had become close with the directors of each of his previous films but on this occasion he was to clash with Richard Benjamin accusing him of treating him like a child. Benjamin however, was to talk very highly of River. "He is not only a superb actor but he is real. Only the truth is in him, and it's wonderful to see."


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