- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 29, 2010
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I like these calm little moments before the storm. It reminds one of Beethoven."
- Stansfield (Gary Oldman) before he kills a family in a DEA raid.
"Is life always this hard, or is it just when you're a kid'"--Mathilda (Natalie Portman)
"Always like this."
- Léon (Jean Reno)
"No women, no kids. That's the rules."
- Léon, instructing Mathilda on how to "clean"
Rolling Stone - 11/03/1994
"...Flying high on explosive action and sly wit, THE PROFESSIONAL gets the job done..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/01/2000
"...Existential..." -- Rating: A - Recommended
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/18/1994
"...It is a well-directed film, because Besson has a natural gift for plunging into drama with a charged-up visual style. And it is well acted..."
Uncut - 08/01/2000
"The action scenes are explosive and skillful, the story genuinely moving."
Coming Of Age |
Hit Men |
New York City |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical Release: September 30, 1994 (U.S.)
- Color by Technicolor. Shot in Technovision Anamorphic on location in New York City and Hoboken and West New York, New Jersey. In SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound.
- Clip used from the film "It's Always Fair Weather" (with Gene Kelly dancing on rollerskates) and the television show "Transformers."
- Additional cast: Willie One Blood, Don Creech, Keith A. Glascoe, Randolph Scott, Jernard Burkes, Matt De Matt (Stansfield's Men); Elizabeth Regan (Mathilda's Sister); Carl J. Matusovich (Mathilda's Brother); Frank Senger (Fatman); Luc Bernard (Mickey); and George Martin (Hotel Receptionist).
- Additional credits: Bernard Grenet (line producer); John Garland (line producer NY); Chris Silano (Steadicam); Gérard Drolon (art director); François Groult & Bruno Tarriére (rerecording mixers); Pascal Chaumeil, Eric McGinty (NY), Camille Lipmann, James Bradney (New York) (assistant directors).
- On June 26, 1996, the 132 minute "director's cut" of the film was released theatrically in France. This version included 26 minutes of additional footage, including scenes of the 12-year-old Mathilda attempting (unsuccessfully) to seduce Leon.
- Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Copyright 1994 Gaumont and Les Films du Dauphin.