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Léon: The Professional
ID:
1994
Comments:
Director: Luc Besson
Screenplay: Luc Besson
Producer:
Cast: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello, Peter Appel
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 132
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Features:
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Nov 2009 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) [$24.95]
Purchase: 
Reviews:  Luc Besson ("The Fifth Element") made his American directorial debut with this stylized thriller about an Italian 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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