Directed By: Luc Besson Starring: Natalie Portman Jean Reno

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Its the greatest movie i have ever seen

by Mr. Fahad Al-Absi on 5/15/2002

This movie have it all the good action sequence the plot the drama the love story and combined into a beautiful blend of scenes that really moves you, I can't have enough of this movie Jean Reno out did him self and Natalie Portman should have won an Oscar, Danny Aiello is the greatest villain character ever. Over all it’s a must have movie but only for adults, for the violence might be disturbing for some people and improper for people under 18.

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by D.A. Stanton on 7/30/2002

It's true, The Professional is an incredible film. Not the standard Hollywood version of violence. It's more stylized and dramatic. Easily Jean Reno's best performance and film. The same should be said for Natalie Portman, who has since not equaled what she accomplished here. This may also be the best i've seen of Gary Oldman, who is the "villain" (not Danny Aiello, as was written above) - although i loved his "Drexel" in True Romance. This was Natalie's first acting role, and, immediately, her intelligence, talent and extraordinary beauty are demonstrated. Amazing, also, to note that the film was not only directed by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Fifth Element, Joan of Arc), but also written by him. Great story, great direction. Excellent cinematography and acting. [Get the Special Edition for the Bonus materials.]

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Professional assassin leon reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old mathilda, a neighbor whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade.


Studio Sony
SKU 40144366
UPC 043396061965
UPC 14 00043396061965
Format DVD
Release Date 9/18/2012
Rating NR
Coming Of Age
Hit Men
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Leon (Jean Reno) is a precise, calculating hit man--a consummate professional, with no family and no friends. However, he has casually befriended Mathilda (Natalie Portman, in an auspicious debut), a 12 year-old neighbor whose entire family, including her adored 4-year-old brother, is wiped out by some crooked DEA agents. The girl pleads with Leon to teach her how to be a "cleaner" and avenge her little brother's death. However, once she learns a few skills, Mathilda saunters into the DEA offices with the sole intention of killing the psychotic agent (Gary Oldman) who actually masterminded the executions. But her intended victim turns the tables on her, and Leon must rescue her. LEON was French director Luc Besson's first film shot in America.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I like these calm little moments before the storm. It reminds one of Beethoven." -- Stansfield (Gary Oldman) before he kills a family in a DEA raid.
Quote "Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?"--Mathilda (Natalie Portman)|"Always like this."--Léon (Jean Reno)
Quote "No women, no kids. That's the rules."--Léon, instructing Mathilda on how to "clean"
Rolling Stone "...Flying high on explosive action and sly wit, THE PROFESSIONAL gets the job done..." 11/03/1994 p.106
Entertainment Weekly "...Existential..." -- Rating: A - Recommended 09/01/2000 p.63
Chicago Sun-Times "...It is a well-directed film, because Besson has a natural gift for plunging into drama with a charged-up visual style. And it is well acted..." 11/18/1994 p.31
Uncut "The action scenes are explosive and skillful, the story genuinely moving." 08/01/2000 p.130
Luc Besson
Natalie Portman
Jean Reno
Cast & Crew
Danny Aiello - Actor
Gary Oldman - Actor
Jean Reno - Actor
Natalie Portman - Actor
Luc Besson - Director
Thierry Arbogast - Director of Photography
Eric Serra - Musical Score
Claude Besson, et al. - Producer
Luc Besson - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 06196
UPC 00043396061965
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 133 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Reno,Jean
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Flying high on explosive action.

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