Leon the Professional-Deluxe Edi

Directed By: Luc Besson Starring: Natalie Portman Jean Reno

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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 40700857
UPC 043396098589
UPC 14 00043396098589
Format DVD
Release Date 5/22/2007
Rating Rating
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
Claude Besson - Producer
Danny Aiello - Actor
Eric Serra - Musical Score
Gary Oldman - Actor
Jean Reno - Actor
Luc Besson - Director
Luc Besson - Writer
Natalie Portman - Actor
Thierry Arbogast - Director of Photography
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
Catalog ID 09858
UPC 00043396098589
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 133 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Because of the non-American flavor brought to this film by Besson, The Professional is anythi
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Although The Professional bathes in grit and was shot in the scuzziest locations New York has
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced
Gary Franklin, KCOP A unique remarkable film.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Flying high on explosive action.

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