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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Duret ...
Patrick Fontana ...
Alain Lathière ...
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)


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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The Hit of Paris and London Has Come to America. [US Poster] See more »


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Release Date:

April 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Femme Nikita  »

Box Office


FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)


$5,017,971 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The odd looking gun that Nikita uses in Venice is a silenced Steyr AUG, an Austrian made assault rifle. See more »


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 »


Nikita: Mister, is this heaven here or not?
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Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »


Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as MOZART)
Performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Raymond Leppard
Courtesy of Erato
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This film is cooler than a fortnight in Antartica wearing a bikini, drinking chilled vodka with ice-packs strapped to your body.
9 January 1999 | by (Liverpool, UK) – See all my reviews

Forget the awful series. Forget the even worse Hollywood remake 'The Assassin'. Remember Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita.

This has got to be one of the most stylish, moody and gripping films in existence. Luc Besson's direction is refreshing whilst the cinematography is simply stunning, particuarly the scene in the hotel where Nikita gets her first assignment. The soundtrack by Eric Serra is simply genius and actually adds something to the film...soundtracks usually seem to be an afterthought but refreshingly; not in this case.

The beautiful Anne Parillaud is perfect in the lead role (unlike Bridget Fonda) and the subtle romance between her and Tcheky Karyo is pure eloquence. The hugely talented Jean-Hughes Anglade (of Betty Blue fame) shines in this film but of all the male roles, Jean Reno (also fabulous in Luc Besson's Leon)is outstanding as the completely unbalanced Victor The Cleaner. Jeanne Moreau as Amande makes a notable appearence following years of contributions in countless films.

Luc Besson established himself as one of the leading innovative directors with this film and you can easily see why. This movie certainly rates among the top 10 films of all time.

I could pontificate about this film all day and all night but the best thing is for you to watch it yourself as a matter of priority...it is a 'must see'.

I'm off now to pursue a career in international assassinations.

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