|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.|
"Flying high on explosive action! Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteLeon (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.
Cast & Crew
|Luc Besson - Director|
|Eric Serra - Musical Score|
|Luc Besson - Screenplay|
Cesar Awards (1994)
|Jean Reno, Nominee, Best Actor|
|Luc Besson, Nominee, Best Director|
|"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"|
Customer Reviews of Professional
A MUST SEE.... A MUST OWN!!!!!2/11/2000
One of my all time favorites! Probably the most original flick. GREAT STORY !!!! GOOD ACTION!!! IT IS ALL THERE!!!! :)
great plot, great acting, and great directing. A must see!
The Professional is a Hit!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!
Tricked my wife into watching it...she loved it!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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