Those familiar with French filmmaker Luc Besson's 1990 cult hit LA FEMME NIKITA may feel a sense of deja-vu
watching another killer learn to love in THE PROFESSIONAL. This story of a hit man who befriends a troubled little girl has abundant style and little substance--which hurt it in a
year when two or three high-profile crime pictures had plenty of both.
Professional hit man extraordinaire Leon (Jean Reno) lives in New York and works for Mob Capo "Big Tony" (Danny Aiello). In the apartment next door lives 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman); from the first time we see Leon and Mathilda together, it's obvious that they're kindred spirits. One