The two made plans to elope, but when the girl's father discovered their relationship, he killed her out of anger and escaped justice. Décors are in excess of realism. Paired with photographer George Barris, whom she had come to trust, the images captured the star in honest and unguarded moments. The second shot a tracking shot traveling down a New York street without stopping could only be accomplished after carefully studying the pattern of the traffic signals to insure the camera truck didn't encounter any red lights. When the film was first tested in Los Angeles, the movie included a short scene where Mathilda asks Léon to be her lover. Rather than dismiss the production team and lose his creative momentum, Besson wrote Léon. The following sequence takes exactly two minutes, making Stansfield quite punctual.
Because of this, the movie received terrible test scores and Besson and producer Patrice Ledoux decided to cut the scene for the American theatrical release. He looks like a weirdo. Mark Salisbury of awarded the film a full five stars. Before they allowed their daughter to sign, they worked out a contract with Besson which had strict mandates on young Natalie's smoking scenes. Léon was Besson's first foray into international film production. During the scene when Stansfield interrogates Mathilda's father , he smells him and gets extremely close to the father's face. When Mathilda returns, she realizes what has happened just in time to continue down the hall to Léon's apartment, who hesitantly gives her shelter.
Grant hires four men, who are all experts in their respective fields, to rescue his kidnapped wife, Maria from Jesus Raza, a former revolutionary leader-turned-bandit. The only difference is gender. Back at the train, they find that it has been retaken by the bandits. As Raza and his bandits pursue the retreating professionals, Dolworth fights a rearguard action to allow the other professionals to escape with Maria. Synopsis As visually stylish as it is graphically violent, this thriller directed by concerns Mathilda , a 12-year-old girl living in New York City who has been exposed to the sordid side of life from an early age: her family lives in a slum and her abusive father works for drug dealers, cutting and storing dope.
Léon spends his idle time engaging in , nurturing a houseplant, and watching old films. It was a thriller to be certain, but it was much much more. In exchange, she runs his errands, cleans his apartment, and teaches him how to read. In 2014, Somali-British director made his second directorial feature , a British action film. Mathilda quickly discovers that Léon is a hitman. He felt this would encourage audiences to realize he wasn't someone who would take advantage of a vulnerable young girl.
All of the Léon apartment interiors were shot in Paris. Fardan and Dolworth, having both fought under the command of , have a high regard for Raza as a soldier. I have yet to hear of a person putting a bad word against this film. Some move on to the bandit camp and observe Raza and his followers—including a female soldier, Chiquita. Mathilda goes to Tony, as Léon had told her to do in the event of his death. If some parts feel like Paris, well that's because it is. Grant tells Fardan that their contract has been satisfactorily concluded, even before Maria is safely handed over to him.
In 2014, polled several film critics, directors, actors and stunt actors to list their top action films; Léon: The Professional was listed at No. All of the shots of the outside corridor were shot six weeks earlier in New York. In that film's third act, Victor the Cleaner played by Reno appears to deal with the aftermath of Nikita's botched mission. Mathilda often tells Léon she loves him, but he refuses to reciprocate. She said that these were the favorite photographs she had ever had taken of her by George Barris and they're marvelous in their candor. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him into the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. By clicking the Download button, you accept the responsibility for using unreleased content including obtaining any clearances required for your use and agree to abide by any restrictions.
Later, while Mathilda returns home from grocery shopping, a team sent by Stansfield captures her and attempts to infiltrate Léon's apartment. It was commercially successful in Japan, being certified gold for 100,000 copies shipped in December 1999. But he must also protect her from her parents' killer, Stansfield the ballistic Gary Oldman , a psychotic with a badge who wants to tie up loose ends. It took him 30 days to write and the shoot lasted 90 days. Archived from on March 5, 2016. They collect the wounded Raza, put him on a wagon and, with Maria at the reins, send both back to Mexico.
This idea continues in Léon. Both the central protagonists attempt to come to terms with their dysfunctionality, to society, against a background of violence, which they both continue to act upon as the agent of someone else. The script was adapted from the novel by. The potted plant Léon nurtures and Mathilda replants at the end of the movie is an Aglaonema, or Chinese evergreen. Characters are larger than life. An interview with Anne Parillaud, in the Evening Standard, 24.
This has to be one of Jean Reno's and by far Natalie Portman's best screen performance. So let's remember Léon for the great movie it is with 20 things you may not know about the film or its production. It was the ninth most popular movie at the French box office in 1966, after , , , , , , and. When the villains are turning Mathilda's home upside down, the crook with the dreadlocks finds a reggae album in the record collection. No other rights or warranties are granted for comp use.