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Professional, The ( Léon ) (1994) Movie Information

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Luc Besson


Jean Reno
Natalie Portman
Gary Oldman
Danny Aiello
Peter Appel
Michael Badalucco





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A trained assassin is reluctant to take care of his Neighbor, whose parents are killed. The girl is 12 years old and he teaches her his assassination trade.

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The Professional succeeds because of the charming, pretentious, and believable relationship between its two leads. The somewhat cliche corrupt cop storyline sometimes doesn't work, but the Portman-Reno plot holds everything together. A special mention should be made of the film's explosive and exciting conclusion.

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A Solid film, that has become sort of a cult classic, in its initial release, it only grossed $19.5 million. Rent or buy this, a must see.

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Its 1 of my favorites

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02/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Leon" by Yojimbo

Professional killer Jean Reno reluctantly takes in a 12 year old girl after her family is murdered by corrupt police detectives. Luc Besson's mix of offbeat characters, humour and high octane action tends to be a little hit and miss, but in Leon he found the perfect balance between sensitive character study, emotion and tense action sequences. Pot plant loving, milk drinking loner Reno is the antithesis of the usual testosterone-soaked, gung-ho action hero and with no glib one liners or macho posturing, he takes no pleasure in the mayhem he induces; he's just very, very good at it. His relationship with a young Natalie Portman is sincere, funny and touching, and although emotionally ambiguous (at least from her adolescent point of view), it never crosses the line into sexual creepiness. C...

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08/08/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Jean Reno is Leon, the professional hitman who is a loyal unemotional killer when he accidentally helps a young girl named Mathilda whose family was murdered by a crooked cop. Natalie Portman has never been better as the abused daughter Mathilda. Even the supporting cast, Tony was acted well by Danny Aiello. Jean Reno’s timing in delivering lines and dumbfounded gestures are noteworthy. Norman Stansfield, the neurotic, temperamental antagonist was well played by Gary Oldman. His stares are enough to shiver your spine. Memorable quotes: Mathilda – “If you saved my life, you must have saved it for a good reason.” Norman – “It's when you start to become really afraid of death,that you learn to appreciate life.” Leon – “You've given me a new taste for life. I want to be happy, sleep...

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08/20/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Reno/Portman works magic in this film.

This might equally well have been entitled 'Mathilda' for there is no question it is Natalie Portman who steals the show from the merely brilliant Jean Reno (who should have got an Oscar for this.) Gary Oldman is as good being bad as ever, and Danny Aiello provides a classy supporting role.
The movie could be controversial in many respects but the sheer class and emotion lift it above any doubt. It reflects real life. Perhaps surprisingly, it is in Leon that emotion surfaces more easily, with Mathilda almost carrying the hardened hit-man as well as the film, through a series of punishing tests.
Mathilda is irresistible, cute, practical, tortured, sensual, and yet remains entirely innocent. As is the heartless, simple, cold-blooded murderer, Leon. This is artistic, entertaining, depressi...

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