The Professional


1h 50m 1994

Brief Synopsis

A corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration agent and his thugs murder 12-year-old Mathilda's family in a drug deal gone awry. Orphaned by the massacre, Mathilda is forced to take shelter in the apartment of a neighbor, Leon, whom she knows only slightly. He's a loner and first generation immigrant, w

Film Details

Also Known As
Leon, Professional, profesional (Léon)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Gaumont; Gaumont Buena Vista International
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Jugendfilm; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
France; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

A corrupt Drug Enforcement Administration agent and his thugs murder 12-year-old Mathilda's family in a drug deal gone awry. Orphaned by the massacre, Mathilda is forced to take shelter in the apartment of a neighbor, Leon, whom she knows only slightly. He's a loner and first generation immigrant, who also happens to be a professional hitman. He's never had reason to care about anybody and she has no one else to turn to. Together, they form a makeshift father and daughter bond that will forever change both their lives.

Film Details

Also Known As
Leon, Professional, profesional (Léon)
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1994
Production Company
Gaumont; Gaumont Buena Vista International
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Jugendfilm; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
France; New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for seven 1994 Cesar Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Nominated for the 1994 Golden Reel Award by the Motion Picture Sound Editors in the foreign film category.

Released in United States 1994

Released in United States Fall November 18, 1994

Released in United States November 1994

Released in United States on Video May 16, 1995

Re-released in United States April 11, 2013

Shown at Cancun International Film Festival (in competition) November 27 - December 3, 1994.

Shown at London Film Festival (closing night) November 3-20, 1994.

Re-released in France (director's cut) June 26, 1996.

Began shooting June 1, 1993.

Completed shooting October 7, 1993.

Released in United States 1994 (Shown at Cancun International Film Festival (in competition) November 27 - December 3, 1994.)

Re-released in United States April 11, 2013

Released in United States on Video May 16, 1995

Released in United States November 1994 (Shown at London Film Festival (closing night) November 3-20, 1994.)

Les Films du Dauphin is Luc Besson's production company.

Released in United States Fall November 18, 1994