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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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Pierre-Alain de Garrigues ...
Patrick Pérez ...
Flic pharmacie (as Patrick Perez)
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Vincent Skimenti ...
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Joseph Teruel ...
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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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Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,017,971 (USA)
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The "big gun" Nikita uses during the restaurant scene is a two toned Israel Military Industries Desert Eagle Mark VII chambered in .357 magnum See more »

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Obvious stunt double when Nikita is escaping from the restaurant's kitchen, and dives through a laundry hatch. See more »

Quotes

Amande: There are two things that are infinite: femininity and means to take advantage of it.
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The Dark Side of Time
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Femme Fatale
8 September 2004 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Welcome to the world where a woman can handle a gun and be as merciless and seemingly unemotional as any man. The anti- heroine, a woman named Nikita (Anne Parillaud in a performance of her life) is given a reprieve from a death sentence by government agents that want to use her as an undercover assassin. Stylish, ultraviolent, cynical but strangely engrossing - this is a must see for the fans of clever action movies.

Director Luc Besson somehow manages to keep a high level of energy and our interest - from the opening scene – a violent drugstore shootout until the very last moment.

Terrific cast include also Jean-Hughes Anglade (Queen Margot, Killing Zoe), Tcheky Karyo (Kiss of the Dragon, Addicted to Love 1997), Jeanne Moreau - the legend of the French cinema ("Jules and Jim", "Elevator to the Gallows", "Going Places"), and Jean Reno ("Leon", "Ronin")

Don't bother with the American remake (Bridgett Fonda) or TV series with the same title - see only original.


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