Operation Odessa

From the director and producers of The Seven Five comes Operation Odessa, a true crime thriller about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy and a Cuban spy who teamed up to sell a nuclear submarine to a Colombian drug cartel.

A gangster epic that hopscotches from Brooklyn to Miami and Cali to Moscow, the documentary tells the story of three friends who set out to hustle the Russian mob, the Cali cartel, and the DEA for the score of a lifetime.

The tale became an international media sensation. But the truth about what really happened has remained an underworld myth… until now.

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Tiller Russell




Director: Tiller Russell
Producer: Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Sheldon Yellen
Cinematographer: Kenny Stoff
Editor: Greg Tillman
Music: Shrapnel
Principal Cast: Ludwig Fainberg, aka "Tarzan", Juan Almeida, Nelson Tony Yester, Kristy Galeota, Tony Galeota, Brent Eaton, Mike McShane, Dick Gregorie
Additional Credits: Co-Producer: David Holthouse, Co-Producer: James Carroll, Co-Producer: Justin Medeiros, Co-Editor: Rick Millewski, Additional Editor: Amy Schwartz, Assistant Editor: John Younger, Second Unit Photographer: Jeffrey A. Cunningham, Line Producer: Rachel Dax, Associate Producer: Rusty Amarante


Showtime (Domestic) Netflix (International)
Public Film Contact
Patrick Murphy
Intellectual Property Corporation
Publicity Contact
Marissa Burton
Sales Agent
Lance Klein (WME) 310-285-9000
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: Israel, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, United States
Language: English
Runtime: 95:00 mins