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Director: Luc Besson     Starring: Natalie Portman Jean Reno
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Learn more about Leon the Professional-Deluxe Edi:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40700857
UPC: 043396098589
UPC 14: 00043396098589
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"A unique remarkable film.  Gary Franklin, KCOP
"Flying high on explosive action.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/22/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 133 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1994
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 09858
Video UPC UPC: 00043396098589
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Danny Aiello
Video Cast Info Gary Oldman
Video Cast Info Jean Reno
Video Cast Info Natalie Portman
Video Cast Info Claude Besson - Producer
Video Cast Info Eric Serra - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Luc Besson - Director
Video Cast Info Luc Besson - Writer
Video Cast Info Thierry Arbogast - Director of Photography

Memorable Quotes

"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.

"Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid?"----Mathilda (Natalie Portman)|"Always like this."----Léon (Jean Reno)

"No women, no kids. That's the rules."----Léon, instructing Mathilda on how to "clean"

Professional Reviews

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
Because of the non-American flavor brought to this film by Besson, The Professional is anythi - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
Although The Professional bathes in grit and was shot in the scuzziest locations New York has - Roger Ebert

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