A wildly melodramatic, Russian-Mafia riff on THE GODFATHER (1972), this film offers flashy performances and bizarre plot twists, along with some variable Soviet accents. With his Los Angeles-based criminal empire declining, emigre Oleg (Vladimir Mashkov) is under intense pressure from his Moscow-based partners to repay a $50,000,000 loan. Oleg had intended to turn the family business over to his younger brother, Alex (Henry Thomas), but their neurotic mother, Anna (Lesley Ann Warren), doesn't think her baby boy suitable mob material. She believes Oleg is better equipped to maintain her lifestyle, which includes keeping a South American gigolo. Unable to rely on famil...