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Story

Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) made his American directorial debut with this stylized thriller about a French hit man (Jean Reno) who takes in an American girl (Natalie Portman) being pursued by a corrupt killer cop (Gary Oldman). Oldman is a little more unhinged than he should be, but there is something genuinely irresistible about the story line and the relationship between Reno and Portman. Rather than cave in to the cookie-cutter look and feel of American action pictures, Besson brings a bit of his glossy style from French hits La Femme Nikita and Subway to the production, and the results are refreshing even if the bullets and explosions are awfully familiar. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Jean RenoLéon
Gary OldmanStansfield
Natalie PortmanMathilda
Danny AielloTony
Peter AppelMalky

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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Luc Besson
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 110 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 18, 1994
    EuropeFeb 3, 1995
    JapanMar 25, 1995
    AustraliaApr 27, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 22, 2001
  • Also known as:
  • Leon: The Professional in North America / Europe
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