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Point of No Return (1993)

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 »

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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 be elaborately trained as a killer. She gets a new cover identity as saleswoman Claudia Anne Doran. She also finds a house-mate, building super J.P., a broad-minded, gentle photographer. The two fall in love, and that complicates her government assignments. His influence extends to breeding in her a conscience that supplants her violent tendencies and desire to continue work for the agency. Written by KGF Visser

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The Government gave her a choice. Death. Or life as an assassin. Now, there's no turning back.


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Rated R for strong violence, and for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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19 March 1993 (USA)  »

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Girl No. 5  »

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$30,038,362 (USA)
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The film's trailer is scored entirely with music from La Femme Nikita (1990), of which it is a remake. See more »

Goofs

A death sentence is given by a Washington, DC judge in 1993. The District of Columbia abolished the death penalty in 1981. See more »

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Karate Instructor: [does some karate moves and assumes a fighting stance] I've taken my guard. See if you can hit my face.
Maggie: [starts to circle the instructor, waving her hands and making sounds like Bruce Lee] Hooooo. Waaa!
Karate Instructor: Come on. COme on.
[Maggie continues circling and making the noises and hand motions]
Karate Instructor: Hit me. Come on. Hit me.
[Puzzled and impatient, the instructor looks away from Maggie, lowering his guard]
Karate Instructor: [frustrated] Aah.
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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ENTERTAINMENT CITY
Written and Performed by Harry Perry
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Superb acting and cinematography let this Nikita remake shine.
18 May 2002 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

I've never seen the French film, Nikita, on which this is based, but it sounds superb. What drew me into this film was the presentation of the story, which focuses less on her as a professional killer and more on her humanity. In the French film, Nikita looks very forceful and aggressive. Fonda in "Point" seems more sensitive and feminine. I'm just going to have to see the French one. I'm not easy to impress and this film drew me in. Nikita must be awesome.

BRIDGET FONDA has a face one can just stare at for hours. It's a restrained performance. She plays a very conflicted character full of paradox. A proposal from her lover cause tears to well up in her eyes as she peers down the scope of her rifle at her latest target. She manages to keep a straight face when her friend is killed in front of her. She even manages a smile and says, "I never did mind about the little things." Fonda has such talent that she's able to portray pure calm with every muscle in her face while her eyes swim in terror and heartbreak.

HARVEY KEITEL is Victor, the Cleaner. His face is a stone. No smiles, frowns, or grimaces. He is heartless and emotionless. As he kills, his face remains stone cold. He says no unnecessary words. His answers are short, to the point. Superb. His performance is understated brilliance.

GABRIEL BYRNE has a knack for making his characters believable. He's harsh, yet sympathetic. He alone makes this movie worth watching.


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