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Leon - The Professional (Uncut International Version) (Superbit Collection) (1994) (Sous-titres français)

Jean Reno , Gary Oldman , Luc Besson    DVD
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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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natalie Portman in her best role! July 16 2004
By A Customer
I don't usually like to watch movies about hit men or cops and robbers. I remember I got interested in this movie because of two things: Luc Besson's movie the Fifth Element, which was so wildly different and fascinating that I wanted to see what else this French director had done; and secondly, seeing Natalie Portman for the first time in the Star Wars: Phantom Menace movie.
Behind all of the dense make up and bad script and horribly non-existent directing from George Lucas in Phantom Menace, I sensed in Natalie Portman one heck of a terrific young actress struggling to come up with a meaningful performance. In "Leon - The Professional", working with a superb director, her acting talent is on full display.
When one thinks of modern day child actors, Anna Paquin comes to mind, in "The Piano", because she aced out some terrific adult actresses in 1993 to win the Oscar. Well, Natalie Portman, at age 12, had Anna Paquin beat by a mile in this movie, since her character takes up about half of the movie. If not for the truly unusual and off-beat story line of this movie, Portman would have gotten a lot more attention for her role in this movie, I think.
If you just focus on Portman's facial expressions and the way she carries herself in this movie, she goes through an amazing acting range in this movie, from hurt, terrified, bored, stuck up, cool and calculating, manipulative, sweet, child-like, and pubescent sexual allure.
As mentioned by other reviewers, the uncut version restores scenes that basically give a harder edge to Natalie Portman's character. The additional scenes of her assassin training with Leon and her efforts to attract and get closer to Leon definitely put her character in a harsher light. I remember from my first viewing of the cut U.S.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got Milk? July 6 2004
By Welt
There's hardly anything I can say that will do justice to the splendor of 'Leon - The Professional'. The insanity of both the action sequences and Gary Oldman's performance... the touching love story of 2 lonely outcasts... the fantastic cinematography... the heart-breaking tragedy... the pulsing score... the violent life of a shy, milk-drinking, plant-loving hitman... the soul of an innocent little girl... the blistering, chaotic, blood-drenched fury that lives in all 3 of these characters...
...It's just a vortex of beautiful destruction. All these things crammed into one amazing film. A remarkable cast giving remarkable performances, and a very visual director shoving this seething powerhouse of a film right in our faces...
Like I said, there's nothing I can say. So, just believe me when I tell you that this is a very great film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Oct. 26 2008
This is literature on celluloid. The music is top notch too. I recommend only the so-called "International" (deluxe) version, or as Besson calls it, the "long" version. Far too much character development was removed from the American release, making that version just another action flick.
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By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Léon: The Professional [1994] [20th Anniversary Limited Edition SteelBook] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] NO WOMEN! NO KIDS! THAT’S THE RULE!

The first English language thriller ‘LEON’ from Luc Besson, the director of 'Nikita'. Gary Oldman plays Norman Stansfield, a psychotic government official whose actions provide the catalyst for murder on the New York streets. When a young girl named Mathilda [Natalie Portman] witnesses her family being gunned down by Gary Oldman's team of corrupt cops, she teams up with lone hit man Leon [Jean Reno] to take revenge. Natalie Portman made her film debut with this film.

FILM FACT: Léon: The Professional was nominated for 7 César Awards in 1995, and Norman Stansfield has since been named by several publications as one of cinema's greatest villains.

Cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene, Peter Appel, Willi One Blood, Don Creech, Adam Busch, Samy Naceri, Keith A. Glascoe, Randolph Scott, George Martin, Elizabeth Regen, Carl J. Matusovich, Frank Senger, Lucius Wyatt and Maïwenn

Director: Luc Besson

Producer: Patrice Ledoux

Screenwriter: Luc Besson

Composer: Éric Serra

Cinematography: Thierry Arbogast

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Thriller that Never Fails May 16 2004
French director Luc Besson ("The Messenger"; "The Fifth Element") made his U.S. film debut with this intelligent thriller of an Italian hitman who is untouchable. "Leon" stars Jean Reno ("The Big Blue") plays Leon, a professional hitman with ninja-like skills, who eliminates rivals for a mob boss (Danny Aiello).
After a corrupt cop (Gary Oldman) eliminates the family residing next door due to a drug transaction gone wrong, Leon finds himself the guardian of young Mathilda (Natalie Portman in her screen debut). Taking Mathilda under his helm, Leon teaches her the art of the "cleaner". However, danger lurks around every corner, and Leon must protect Mathilda from the same cops who killed her family.
Considered by many to be his masterpiece, "Leon" was originally released in the United States under the title "The Professional". However due to the feeling that American audiences might find some material unacceptable, over 24 minutes of the film was edited out. Finally, Columbia/Tri-Star has made an excellent decision in releasing the uncut, international version of this excellent film in the U.S.
While the film's central theme revolves around Leon and his job, the subplot where Mathilda develops an attraction for Leon is reminiscent of the novel/film "Lolita". The chemistry between both characters in a father/daughter relationship can be intense, especially as we notice that Mathilda is in her puberty-stage.
Jean Reno is excellent as always, and Gary Oldman gives a chilling performance as Stansfield, the wicked DEA officer who murdered Mathilda's family in cold blood. However, the real scene-stealer in this film has to be Natalie Portman. This beautiful young girl radiates beauty and professionalism throughout the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Professional
Very good movie. Interesting and worth looking at. The main actor and the little girl play their part wonderfully. It is as it says, Professional.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Wyskup
4.0 out of 5 stars a very unique story of a little girl and a Hit man.
Great and very different type of a story of a professional hit man and how he cared for her and a plant.
Published 5 months ago by Sandy Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes to Leon
Fantastic movie. Great chemistry between Leon & Matilda ( although the relationship feels a bit creepy at first ). I HIGHLY recommend
Published 6 months ago by Old_Hippie
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary Oldman!!!
There are many great villains in film history, but Gary Oldman's performance in 'The Professional' ranks right up there with the greatest! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jeff Morant
4.0 out of 5 stars Determinedly odd, over the top and a lot of fun
Determinedly odd, over the top and a lot of fun., This strangely sentimental, wonderfully photographed, very violent black comedy is like
some demented marriage of a sincere... Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Professional
This is a great little film with a stellar cast - Jean Renoir, Gary Oldman and a wonderful Natalie Portman in her first movie role. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Catherine A. Rawley
5.0 out of 5 stars Portman shines in an early role
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Crime, Drama, Thriller, 133 minutes (extended version)
Directed by Luc Besson
Starring Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Gary Oldman... Read more
Published on Feb. 29 2012 by Steven Aldersley
4.0 out of 5 stars Leon the Professional
Luc Besson makes an interesting film on the strange relationship between a little girl and an assassin. Full of twists.
Published on April 11 2010 by Jacques Liard
1.0 out of 5 stars painfully slow with stilted dialogue
this movie was a real drag.i found it dreary and depressing and
agonizingly slow.Jean Reno plays the title character Leon. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2007 by falcon
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