Léon: The Professional

Léon: The Professional

Jean Reno
Director: Luc Besson Cast: Jean Reno
Jean Reno
, Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
, Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
Luc Besson

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As visually stylish as it is graphically violent, this thriller directed by Luc Besson concerns Mathilda (Natalie Portman), a 12-year-old girl living in New York City who has been exposed to the sordid side of life from an early age: her family lives in a slum and her abusive father works for drug dealers, cutting and storing dope. Mathilda doesn't much care for her parents, but she has a close bond with her four-year-old brother. One day, she returns from running an errand to discover that most of her family, including her brother, have been killed in a raid by corrupt DEA agents, led by the psychotic Stansfield (Gary Oldman). Mathilda takes refuge in the apartment of her secretive neighbor, Leon (Jean Reno), who takes her in with a certain reluctance. She discovers that Leon is a professional assassin, working for Tony (Danny Aiello), a mob kingpin based in Little Italy. Wanting to avenge the death of her brother, Mathilda makes a deal with Leon to become his protégée in exchange for work as a domestic servant, hoping to learn the hitman's trade and take out the men who took her brother's life. However, an affection develops between Leon and Mathilda that changes his outlook on his life and career. Besson's first American film boasted a strong performance from Jean Reno, a striking debut by Natalie Portman, and a love-it-or-hate-it, over-the-top turn by Gary Oldman. Léon was originally released in the U.S. in 1994 as The Professional, with 26 minutes cut in response to audience preview tests. Those 26 minutes were restored in the director's preferred cut, released in 1996 in France as Léon: Version Intégrale and in the U.S. on DVD as Léon: The Professional in 2000.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2009
UPC: 0043396329188
Original Release: 1994
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 4:02:00
Sales rank: 13,583

Special Features

"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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Reno Leon
Natalie Portman Mathilda
Gary Oldman Stansfield
Danny Aiello Tony
Peter Appel Malky
Michael Badalucco Mathilda's Father
Ellen Greene Mathilda's Mother
Elizabeth Regen Mathilda's Sister
Carl J. Matusovich Mathilda's Brother
Randolph Scott Actor
Frank Senger Fatman
Jessie Keosian Old Lady
George Martin Receptionist
Abdul Hassan Sharif Mathilda's Taxi Driver
Stuart Rudin Leon's Taxi Driver
Kent Broadhurst Policeman
Tommy Hollis Policeman
Peter Linari Security Man
Betty Miller Orphanage Headmistress
Joseph Malerba Stairway Swat
David W. Butler Important Jogger
Robert La Sardo Client #1
Randy Pearlstein Security Guard
Mario Todisco Tony's Barber
Marc Andréoni SWAT Team
Michel Montanary SWAT Team
Samy Naceri SWAT Team
Jean-Hugues Anglade Actor
Geoffrey Bateman SWAT
Jernard Burks Stansfield's Man

Technical Credits
Luc Besson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Nick Allder Special Effects
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Francoise Benoit-Fresco Set Decoration/Design
Claude Besson Executive Producer
Carolyn Cartwright Set Decoration/Design
Pascal Chaumeil Asst. Director
Nathalie Cheron Casting
Gerard Drolon Art Director
Pierre Excoffier Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Griswold Special Effects
Francois Groult Sound/Sound Designer
Magali Guidasci Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerard Lamps Sound/Sound Designer
Sylvie Landra Editor
Patrice Ledoux Producer
Carol Nast Art Director
Eric Serra Score Composer
Bruno Tarriere Musical Direction/Supervision
Todd Thaler Casting
Dan Weil Production Designer

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