Directed By: Luc Besson Starring: Natalie Portman Jean Reno

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Tricked my wife into watching it...she loved it!

by Brian Hagen on 7/29/1999

This movie is on my 'list' of the top 10 movies ever made! A great combination. Id say its a must see.

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The Professional is a Hit!

by johnnynineteen63 on 10/10/1999

This movie is a blast and gets all my ten points! Great action and story by Luc Besson. Highly recommended! A star is born with Natalie Portman's first time debut!

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An orphaned girl takes shelter with a neighbor she knows slightly. Leon is a professional hit man who's never had a reason to care about anybody, but natalie has no one else. They form a makeshift father-daughter bond that changes both of their lives.


Studio Sony
SKU 40018247
UPC 043396747494
UPC 14 00043396747494
Format DVD
Release Date 12/7/2004
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
Danny Aiello - Actor
Gary Oldman - Actor
Jean Reno - Actor
Natalie Portman - Actor
Luc Besson - Director
Eric Serra - Musical Score
Luc Besson - Screenplay
Technical Info
Catalog ID 74749
UPC 00043396747494
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1
Cesar Awards (1994) Jean Reno, Nominee, Best Actor,Luc Besson, Nominee, Best Director
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The real strength of The Professional, however, is the central relationship between Mathilda and Leon. Although not well-founded in reality, these two characters mesh nicely... Jean Reno, essentially reprising his "cleaner" role from Nikita (where he was called Victor), plays his character with a perpetual deadpan (except when he lampoons John Wayne)... The less traditional role belongs to an impressive Natalie Portman, yet another member of the highly-talented, recent group of youthful actors. Portman portrays a victim of society's ills, the perfect example of innocence corrupted. There are likely some viewers who will be disturbed by Mathilda's predilection for profanity. Because of the non-American flavor brought to this film by Besson, The Professional is anything but typical fare. It is stylish, darkly humorous, and almost artsy in its approach to the genre. Nevertheless, it delivers what viewers want from any thriller: lots of action. With some surprisingly strong character interaction, there's a lot to like about this movie...
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Keep Case
Product Attributes
Actor Reno,Jean
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Gary Franklin, KCOP of the most talked-about movies of the year.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Flying high on explosive action!

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