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Léon: The Professional (1994)

Léon (original title)
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Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willi One Blood ...
1st Stansfield Man (as Willie One Blood)
Keith A. Glascoe ...
Randolph Scott ...
4th Stansfield man
Carl J. Matusovich ...
Lucius Wyatt Cherokee ...
Tonto (as Lucius Wyatt 'Cherokee')


After her father, mother, older sister and little brother are killed by her father's employers, the 12-year-old daughter of an abject drug dealer is forced to take refuge in the apartment of a professional hitman who at her request teaches her the methods of his job so she can take her revenge on the corrupt DEA agent who ruined her life by killing her beloved brother. Written by J. S. Golden

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A professional hitman, an innocent witness, a corrupt detective who went too far See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for scenes of strong graphic violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Léon: The Professional  »


Box Office


FRF 115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,306,558, 20 November 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (uncut) | (International)

Sound Mix:

| (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Natalie Portman portrays Jackie Kennedy in Jackie (2016), Gary Oldman plays Lee Harvey Oswald who assassinated John F. Kennedy in JFK (1991), and Danny Aiello played Jack Ruby in _Ruby (1992)_)qv), the man who kills Lee Harvey Oswald. See more »


Leon erroneously uses the word "client" to refer to the person being targeted. A "client" is a person who hires Leon, via a "contract", to do a "cleaning" (killing) job, whereas a "target" or a "mark" refers to the one to whom a contract has been issued. See more »


[first lines]
Tony: Allora, come stai, Leone?
Léon: Bene.
[Tony puts out his cigarette in an ashtray]
Tony: OK. OK. Let's talk business.
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Crazy Credits

Under the "SPECIAL THANKS" heading you will find: Chevalier KAMEN (Prince of the Mash Potatoes) Byblos Bill (King of Saint Tropez) Princess Trudy (Queen of Hearts) See more »


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User Reviews

Excellent, smart action film.
4 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Luc Besson's "The Professional" is sort of a companion piece to his international breakthrough hit "La Femme Nikiti", and in many ways it's an even better film. It raises the stakes of Besson's playful women-with-guns theme by making the heroine a 12-year-old, played by a then unknown Natalie Portman. Jean Reno is excellent as her assassin trainer and surrogate father. Oldman is completely over the top in one of his best bad-guy roles, obsessed with both Beethoven and butchery. As a gritty, suspenseful thriller, this film won't leave action fans feeling cheated, but the film is so much more than that. At the center of "The Professional" is a wonderful father and daughter-like relationship between two damaged strangers who find solace in each other.

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