Point of No Return (1993)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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A government fakes the death of a criminal to turn this young woman into a killer on its service.




  • Gabriel Byrne in Point of No Return (1993)
  • Bridget Fonda in Point of No Return (1993)
  • Bridget Fonda in Point of No Return (1993)
  • Bridget Fonda in Point of No Return (1993)
  • Bridget Fonda and Anne Bancroft in Point of No Return (1993)
  • Bridget Fonda and Dermot Mulroney in Point of No Return (1993)

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3 June 2003 | FlorisV
What a disappointment!
This movie is also called The Assassin. I have never seen the original, Nikita, from Luc Besson, but I was looking for it, instead I stumbled on this film in the rental store and it turned out to be a remake. I thought, with Bridget Fonda as a gunslinging babe, plus Gabriel Byrne and Harvey Keitel in the supporting cast, and in the director's chair John Badham, of Wargames, Bird on a Wire and The Hard Way fame, what can go wrong? Everything!

The camerawork is plain mediocre and not any action scene seems to have any choreography, the whole movie lacks style and elegance while it should have those above everything else. I think, if it would have been a good movie, every scene would have been either very thrilling and exciting to watch or involving. The scene with the arrest in the beginning and the training scenes could have been so much better with a little imagination. The same for the other "action" scenes. The whole movie is very uninspired and a huge waste of talent. For those who like the chix-with-guns genre, which still seems a bit underused, I recommend The Long Kiss Goodnight with Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson which is far superior and has a better plot to boot. Or if you want to see a really good film with Bridget Fonda go watch A Simple Plan.

I give this film 4 out of 10 because it had so much more potential. Were it a B-movie I had been more forgiving, but it wasn't. It was, however, executed as badly as a B-movie.

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Titled "Nikita" during filming, producer Art Linson and Warner Brothers settled on a new title during post-production that Warner Brothers owned, "The Specialist". However, two months before the film was to be released, Linson was contacted by Warner Brothers executive Bruce Berman, and told that the title would be changed to "Point of No Return". Warner Brothers gave the working title to an upcoming Steven Seagal vehicle, which was yet-to-be-filmed. Ultimately, that movie, The Specialist (1994), ended up starring Sylvester Stallone after Seagal dropped out.


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Claudia buys cans of Progresso Ravioli in the store, and then serves that ravioli at dinner. One can easily see the areas of the ravioli that do not have sauce on them. The sauce is atop the ravioli, which clearly indicates that the ravioli was cooked separately and the sauce was placed over the pasta later. However, canned ravioli would have a completely different appearance; it would have sauce dispersed evenly all over each ravioli.

Alternate Versions

Because the original version was rated "Not under 18" in Germany, the film had to be cut to receive a "Not under 16" rating for video release and television broadcast. All scenes in which Victor kills somebody with his pistol were cut out. Also some fighting scenes with Maggie were shortened.


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Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,160,389 21 March 1993

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