Leon: The Professional

Oldman, Gary

SKU: 043396329188

UPC 043396329188
Release Date 2009-11-17
Studio Sony Pictures Home
Discs 1
Length 242
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis 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.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 cleanTheatrical Release: September 30, 1994 (U.S.) Color by Technicolor. Shot in Technovision Anamorphic on location in New York City and Hoboken and West New York, New Jersey. In SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound. Clip used from the film It's Always Fair Weather (with Gene Kelly dancing on rollerskates) and the television show Transformers. Additional cast: Willie One Blood, Don Creech, Keith A. Glascoe, Randolph Scott, Jernard Burkes, Matt De Matt (Stansfield's Men); Elizabeth Regan (Mathilda's Sister); Carl J. Matusovich (Mathilda's Brother); Frank Senger (Fatman); Luc Bernard (Mickey); and George Martin (Hotel Receptionist). Additional credits: Bernard Grenet (line producer); John Garland (line producer NY); Chris Silano (Steadicam); Gérard Drolon (art director); François Groult & Bruno Tarriére (rerecording mixers); Pascal Chaumeil, Eric McGinty (NY), Camille Lipmann, James Bradney (New York) (assistant directors). On June 26, 1996, the 132 minute director's cut of the film was released theatrically in France. This version included 26 minutes of additional footage, including scenes of the 12-year-old Mathilda attempting (unsuccessfully) to seduce Leon. Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification. Copyright 1994 Gaumont and Les Films du Dauphin....Flying high on explosive action and sly wit, THE PROFESSIONAL gets the job done......Existential... -- Rating: A - Recommended...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...The action scenes are explosive and skillful, the story genuinely moving.
Cast Peter Appel (Star)
Gary Oldman (Star)
Luc Besson (Screenwriter)
Natalie Portman (Star)
Luc Besson (Director)
Eric Serra (Composer)
Magali Guidasci (Costume Designer)
Dan Weil (Production Designer)
Thierry Arbogast (Cinematographer)
Sylvie Landra (Editor)
Danny Aiello (Star)
Jean Reno (Star)
Claude Besson (Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: 10 year retrospective: Cast and crew look back featurettes Jean Reno: The road to Leon featurette Natalie Portman: Starting young featurette Fact track - Exclusive to the extended version Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English, French Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.50000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Suspense/Thriller
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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