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Léon: The Professional (1994)
"Léon" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  18 November 1994 (USA)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.



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After her father and little brother are killed by her father's employers, the 12-year-old daughter of an abject drug dealer is forced to take refuge in the house of a professional murderer who by her request, teaches her the methods of his job so she can take her revenge from the corrupted DEA agent who ruined her life by killing her brother out of no actual reason. Written by J. S. Golden

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Rated R for scenes of strong graphic violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Léon: The Professional  »

Box Office


FRF 115,000,000 (estimated)


JPY 112,586,900 (Japan) (3 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The potted plant Léon nurtures, and which Mathilda replants at the end of the movie, is an aglaonema, pronounced "ag-leon-ema". See more »


After the second SWAT attack, when the SWAT team back up against the wall, the wall wobbles and bends inwards See more »


[first lines]
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Léon: Bene.
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"I take no pleasure in taking life..."
24 February 2005 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

"...if it's from a person who doesn't care about it."

What really stands out for me (aside from the really excellent direction of the action sequences) is the too-brilliant for its own good script. Oldman,Reno, and Portman deliver lines that would seem goofy if spoken by lesser performers. Oldman especially chews the scenery in a way that's both amusing and utterly menacing. I wonder if his Beethoven obsession is a nod to the ultra-violent Alex from A Clockwork Orange?

The American version ("The Professional") was the first version I saw. I'd originally had no real intention of seeing it because I'd read a pretty savage review of it likening it to child pornography. Clearly this particular reviewer had his head firmly planted in his rear. I'm surprised he could find room what with that tremendous stick in the way. Anyway, once I finally saw "Leon" for myself - thanks to my cinemaphile grandfather - I observed no such thing. This wasn't smut, it was love. Leon has no interest in Matilda sexually, but loves her as a father would love a daughter.

If you have a choice then go for the longer director's cut. You get about 15 minutes more film - and not just filler. These are scenes that truly expand upon the story.

My only complaints are about the almost complete under use of the completely underrated Danny Aiello, and Oldman's single dimensional evilness.

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