7.4/10
56,805
151 user 78 critic

La Femme Nikita (1990)

Nikita (original title)
R | | Action, Thriller | April 1991 (USA)
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
4,263 ( 565)

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Big Blue (1988)
Adventure | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The rivalry between Enzo and Jacques, two childhood friends and now world-renowned free divers, becomes a beautiful and perilous journey into oneself and the unknown.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette
Subway (1985)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Fred is living in the Paris Metro system. He is blackmailing Helena, whose safe he has robbed. Fred has various 'friends' all living in this sureal setting. The Roller is a rollerskating ... See full summary »

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Adjani, Richard Bohringer
La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Section One, a clandestine anti-terrorist organization, fakes the death of a jailed, convicted murderer and, believing her twin assets of beauty and ability to kill will make her a valuable... See full summary »

Stars: Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can... See full summary »

Director: John Badham
Stars: Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney
Angel-A (2005)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze, Gilbert Melki
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue, and characters communicate non-verbally. A determined loner befriends a ... See full summary »

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Pierre Jolivet, Jean Bouise, Jean Reno
Wasabi (2001)
Action | Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Jean Reno, Ryôko Hirosue, Michel Muller
Atlantis I (1991)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Atmospheric soundtrack follows this compilation of nature footage that focuses on the Atlantic ocean and various life forms that live, mate and die in it.

Director: Luc Besson
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman
Taxi I (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Marc Duret ...
Patrick Fontana ...
Alain Lathière ...
Zap
Laura Chéron ...
Jacques Boudet ...
Helene Aligier ...
La pharmacienne
Pierre-Alain de Garrigues ...
Patrick Pérez ...
Flic pharmacie (as Patrick Perez)
Bruno Randon ...
Vincent Skimenti ...
Roland Blanche ...
Joseph Teruel ...
Jacques Disses ...
Stéphane Fey ...
Président tribunal (as Stephane Fey)
Edit

Storyline

Nikita est très jeune, elle a vingt ans, mais elle a emprunté une mauvaise voie. Pendant un hold-up avec sa bande, elle tue un policier et est condamnée à la prison à vie. Les services secrets, par contre, lui offrent une voie de sortie : devenir un agent spécial, prêt à tout, à leur service. Nikita accepte et commence ainsi un apprentissage très dur qui concerne non seulement les différents modes de tuer, de prendre la fuite ou de faire face à des situations imprévues, mais aussi la manière de se comporter en femme qui a de la classe, capable de se conduire avec aisance dans tous les milieux. Sous la conduite de Bob, Nikita arrive à freiner son caractère rebelle et à surmonter la terrible épreuve finale. Elle semble être devenue une personne différente et tombe amoureuse. Mais faut-il faire confiance aux services secrets ? Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A new kind of lethal weapon See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Femme Nikita  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,017,971 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first scene Nikita appears in was the first scene Anne Parillaud shot. Despite having only one line Luc Besson had Parillaud deliver nearly a hundred takes. Parillaud later found out that he used the second take in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Nikita is pointing the gun at policeman after the shootout in the chemists, the gun alternates from being pressed up against his chin, to being held a distance in front of him. See more »

Quotes

Marco: Stop before it's too late.
See more »

Connections

References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

LA PETITE MUSIQUE DE NUIT
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as MOZART)
Performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Raymond Leppard
Courtesy of Erato
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Parillaud Is THE Nikita
7 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1989 French film was justifiably so popular that an American re-make followed later and then a cable television series followed after that.

In this - the original - you see "Nikita" at its beginning and, most people agree, at her best. Anne Parillaud, an actress I've always found fascinating, is riveting as the lead character. Jean-Huges Anglade, Tcheky Karyo and Jean Reno provide a very strong supporting cast.

The characters were believable and it was refreshing to see a no-nonsense approach to a murder story, meaning if someone had to be killed, they were shot quickly with no questions asked. Some of the action scenes are brutal.

Parillaud's character is memorable. She can change appearances, from a hard- nosed hysterical animal to a real lady. It's also interesting to see Reno in a familiar role as a "cleaner," a role he made famous four years later in "Leon: The Professional."

The DVD provides either easy-to-read subtitles or a well-done dubbed version. If sound is important to you, you'll hear better stereo with the subtitled version.


55 of 64 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?