R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
French actor Samy Naceri has one of his first roles in this film. He plays a bit part as a SWAT office, and was on the set for only ten days. When Luc Besson wrote the screenplay for the film Taxi (1998), he always wanted Naceri for the lead role, because he was much impressed by the short cooperation with him.
Allora, come stai, Leone?
Tony: OK. OK. Let's talk business.
Mathilda never replaces the floorboard in her old apartment. When she is surprised there, she picks up the money and goes around the corner. The board would have been in the way and the hiding place obvious to the three men.
Under the "SPECIAL THANKS" heading you will find: Chevalier KAMEN (Prince of the Mash Potatoes) Byblos Bill (King of Saint Tropez) Princess Trudy (Queen of Hearts)
In the USA cable version, a flyover of Central Park in the beginning has been cut for no apparent reason, and the main titles moved to the first scene.
English, Italian, French
$5,306,558 (USA) (20 November 1994)
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