The Professional

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The Professional ★★ Leon; The Cleaner 1994 (R)

Leon (Reno) is an eccentric French hit man, working New York's mean streets, when his 12yearold neighbor Mathilda (Portman) comes knocking. Seems her family has been murdered by minions of crooked drug enforcement agent Stansfield (Oldman) and she'd like Leon to teach her how to be a “cleaner” so she can get revenge. And Leon obliges. The lovely young Portman (in her film debut) is a little too Lolitaish for comfort as she manipulates the stolid Reno, with Oldman suitably extravagant in the role of sadistic psycho. 109m/C VHS, DVD . FR Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello, Michael Badalucco, Ellen Greene; D: Luc Besson; W: Luc Besson; C: Thierry Arbogast; M: Eric Serra.

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