• Tue. Mar 28th, 2023

“Léon: The Professional” is a 1994 French action-thriller film directed by . The film tells the story of Léon (played by ), a professional hitman who takes in a young girl named Mathilda (played by ) after her family is murdered by corrupt DEA agents. As Léon teaches Mathilda how to become a “cleaner” like him, they form a close bond that is put to the test when their lives are threatened by a vengeful DEA agent (played by ).

The film was well-received by critics, who praised its performances, direction, and screenplay. It has since become a cult classic and is considered one of the greatest action films ever made.

“Léon: The Professional” received several award nominations, including a César Award nomination for Best Director for . However, due to controversy surrounding the film's violence and the relationship between Léon and Mathilda, it was largely overlooked by major award shows. Nonetheless, it has won a number of smaller awards, including the Audience Award at the 1995 Fantasporto film festival, the Audience Award at the 1995 Seattle International Film Festival, and the Best Film Award at the 1995 Tokyo International Film Festival.

Directed by
Produced by Patrice Ledoux
Written by
Starring , , , ,
Music by Éric Serra
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Edited by Sylvie Landra
Les Films du Dauphin
Distributed by Gaumont Buena Vista International
Release date 14 September 1994 (France)
Running time 133 minutes
Country France
Language English
Budget $16 million
Box office $46.1 million

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