There are two movies called "Leviathan"; one was made in 1989 in the United States, and the other one was made in 2014 in Russia. In the 1989 movie, Peter Weller played Steven Beck, Richard Crenna played Dr. Glen "Doc" Thompson, Amanda Pays played Elizabeth "Willie" Williams and Daniel Stern played Buzz "Sixpack" Parrish. In the 2014 movie, Aleksey Serebryakov starred as Nikolay, Elena Lyadova starred as Lilya, Vladimir Vdovichenkov starred as Dmitriy and Roman Madyanov played the mayor.
The plot of the 2014 movie evolves around a typical Russian family that lives in a small coastal town in the Barents Sea. Kolya, his wife Lilya and their teenage son Romka suffer from the actions of a corrupt mayor, who is trying to take away the family's land, house and a small auto repair shop. Unable to resist the mayor's actions alone, Kolya calls his old Army friend Dmitriy. Dmitriy has become an authoritative attorney in Moscow, and he agrees to help an old friend. Together, they decide to find dirt on the mayor to put him in prison.
The movie received an Academy Award nomination for the best foreign language film. Andrey Zvyagintsev, the director of the movie, came up with the idea after hearing the story of Marvin Heemeyer.