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Aka: Léon: The Professional (Australia)
Léon: The Professional (USA: new title)
Director: Luc Besson
Year: 1994
Country: France
Runtime: 110 minutes
Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller


My Rating:
IMDb
User Rating: 6.7/10
Votes Percentage Rating
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19%
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Arithmetic mean = 6.7
Votes: 21

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Review:

Mathilda, a twelve-year old New York girl, is living an undesirable life among her half-family. Her father stores drugs for two-faced cop Norman Stansfield. Only her little brother keeps Mathilda from breaking apart. One day, Stansfield and his team take cruel revenge on her father for stretching the drugs a little, thus killing the whole family. Only Mathilda, who was out shopping, survives by finding shelter in Léon's apartment in the moment of highest need. Soon, she finds out about the strange neighbour's unusual profession - killing - and desperately seeks his help in taking revenge for her little brother. Léon, who is completely unexperienced in fatherly tasks, and in friendships, does his best to keep Mathilda out of trouble - unsuccessfully. Now, the conflict between a killer, who slowly discovers his abilities to live, to feel, to love and a corrupt police officer, who does anything in his might to get rid of an eye witness, arises to unmeasurable proportions - all for the sake of a little twelve-year old girl, who has nearly nothing to lose. - Julian Reischl, IMDb



Keywords: Show

Children's Cast:

Natalie Portman [13] Mathilda
Carl J. Matusovich [8] Mathilda's Brother




User Commentaries:

Posted: 5 Aug 2019, 22:56
In the original script, Mathilda (aged 13 or 14) and Léon became lovers. Luc Besson reportedly altered the script to remove this aspect of the story (possibly due to pressure from Natalie Portman's parents).
In the original script, Leon accidentally walks in on Mathilda when she's in the shower.

LEON
Mathilda? May I come in?

MATHILDA
Yes.

Leon opens the door. Mathilda is naked and is brushing her
hair. Leon closes back the door without entering.

LEON(embarrassed)
Sorry. I heard "yes", so I got in...

Mathilda opens the door. She's still combing her hair. She's
still naked.

MATHILDA
Yes... You can come in.

Leon is rigid. He takes a towel and deploys it in front of
her.

LEON
Take it, please.

She rolls herself into the towel, without speaking.

(https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110413/trivia)
(https://genius.com/Luc-besson-leon-the-professional-script-annotated)


Posted: 25 Apr 2010, 04:19
The extended version I have does show Mathilda in the shower but there is no nudity by Natalie Portman in this film (She celebrated her 12th birthday the day filming began). The extended scenes are composed mostly of Mathilda training to be a cleaner and helping Leon in his work, including a scene where she shoots a drug dealer with paint balls just before Leon shoots him with bullets.
In another scene Mathilda tries to talk Leon into taking her virginity which he flat refuses to do, but it's clear he's tempted. It is clear Leon falls in love with the girl but he never touches her sexually. This is in the top 10 of my favorite films.


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