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La Femme Nikita (1990)
"Nikita" (original title)

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

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Helene Aligier ...
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Patrick Pérez ...
Flic pharmacie (as Patrick Perez)
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Vincent Skimenti ...
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Stéphane Fey ...
Président tribunal (as Stephane Fey)
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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

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Sie tötet. Um zu leben. (She murders. So she can live.) See more »

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Action | Thriller

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April 1991 (USA)  »

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Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,017,971 (USA)
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Nikita shoots a Beretta Model 93R in the firing range scene. This is a selective-fire machine pistol variant of the Model 92. Examples of the 93R are now extremely rare and highly sought after, some allegedly selling for more than $100K. See more »

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Bob claims the gun Nikita gets in the restaurant holds 6 rounds, yet with the first clip she fires 8 rounds and the second one holds 7. See more »

Quotes

Bob: You died Saturday at 5:00 p.m. The prison doctor confirmed suicide after an overdose of tranquillizers. You're buried in Maisons-Alfort, row 8, plot 30.
Nikita: [looking at pictures of her funeral] Titi... That's Titi!
Bob: I work, let's say, for the government. We've decided to give you another chance.
Nikita: What do I do?
Bob: Learn. Learn to read, walk, talk, smile and even fight. Learn to do everything.
Nikita: What for?
Bob: To serve your country.
Nikita: What if I don't want to?
Bob: Row 8, Plot 30.
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The Dark Side of Time
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Performed by Eric Serra
Words by Luc Besson
Backing vocals by Yvonne Jones & Slim Batteux
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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.


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