Gary Oldman, Jean Reno, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello star in THE PROFESSIONAL, a go-for-broke thriller about a professional assassin whose work becomes dangerously personal. Calling himself a "cleaner," the mysterious Leon is New York's top hit man. When his next door neighbors are murdered, Leon becomes the unwilling guardian of the family's sole survivor -- 12 year old Mathilda. But Mathilda doesn't just want protection; she wants revenge. Training her in the deadly tricks of his trade, Leon helps her track the psychotic agent who murdered her family. From the electrifying opening to the fatal finale, THE PROFESSIONAL is a non-stop crescendo of action, suspense, and surprises.
Nominated: Best Actor (Reno), Best Cinematographer, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Music, Best Sound, 1995 Cesar Awards France
An interweaving of opera, Film Noir and existentialism, where the larger-than-life forces of innocence and corruption explode in blood and violence. -- Hal Hinson, THE WASHINGTON POST