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Professional (1994)

Director: Luc Besson     Starring: Natalie Portman Jean Reno
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40018247
UPC: 043396747494
UPC 14: 00043396747494
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

" of the most talked-about movies of the year.  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.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1) Surround Sound, English, Subtitled, Spanish, French, Dubbed & Subtitled, Keep Case

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/7/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1994
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 74749
Video UPC UPC: 00043396747494
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1

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 Luc Besson - Director
Video Cast Info Eric Serra - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Luc Besson - Screenplay


Cesar Awards (1994)
   Video Award Name Jean Reno, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Luc Besson, Nominee, Best Director

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

"The action scenes are explosive and skillful, the story genuinely moving." 08/01/2000 p.130

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
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...

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Reno,Jean
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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