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La Femme Nikita (1990)

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

Director:

Luc Besson

Writer:

Luc Besson
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Parillaud ... Nikita / Marie Clément
Marc Duret ... Rico
Patrick Fontana Patrick Fontana ... Coyotte
Alain Lathière Alain Lathière ... Zap
Laura Chéron Laura Chéron ... La punk
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Le pharmacien
Helene Aligier Helene Aligier ... La pharmacienne
Pierre-Alain de Garrigues Pierre-Alain de Garrigues ... Flic pharmacie
Patrick Pérez Patrick Pérez ... Flic pharmacie (as Patrick Perez)
Bruno Randon Bruno Randon ... Flic pharmacie
Vincent Skimenti Vincent Skimenti ... Flic pharmacie
Roland Blanche Roland Blanche ... Flic interrogatoire
Joseph Teruel Joseph Teruel ... Stagiaire flic
Jacques Disses Jacques Disses ... Avocat
Stéphane Fey Stéphane Fey ... Président tribunal (as Stephane Fey)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Femme Nikita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,017,971
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When being dragged from the courtroom after being handed a life sentence, Nikita's back is protected by cardboard inserted into the waistband of her pants. See more »

Quotes

Marco: You know this could dangerous.
Nikita: What's the worst that could happen?
Marco: Leftovers?
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Alternate Versions

The English dubbed version featured John Tremaine as the voice of Tchéky Karyo's character Bob. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Appleseed Ex Machina (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

LA PETITE MUSIQUE DE NUIT
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as MOZART)
Performed by Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Raymond Leppard
Courtesy of Erato
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Femme Fatale
8 September 2004 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee 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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