Léon: The Professional
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Léon: The Professional

Year:
Duration:
110 min | France:136 min (uncut version) | 133 min (International version)
Genres:
Crime | Drama | Thriller
IMDB rate:
8.6
Director:
Luc Besson
Awards:
3 wins & 8 nominations
Details
Country: France
Release Date: 1994-11-18
Filming Locations: 1 Centre Street, New York City, New York, USA
Earnings
Opening Weekend: $5,306,558 (USA) (20 November 1994)
Gross: $19,251,002 (USA)£3,400,349 (UK)
Cast
Actor
Character
Carl J. Matusovich
Carl J. Matusovich
Léon: The Professional
Jean Reno
Léon
Gary Oldman
Stansfield
Natalie Portman
Mathilda
Danny Aiello
Tony
Peter Appel
Malky
Willi One Blood
1St Stansfield Man
Don Creech
2nd Stansfield man
Keith A. Glascoe
3rd Stansfield man (Benny)
Randolph Scott
4th Stansfield man
Michael Badalucco
Mathilda's Father
Ellen Greene
Mathilda's Mother
Elizabeth Regen
Mathilda's Sister
Frank Senger
Fatman
Lucius Wyatt Cherokee
Tonto
Eric Challier
Bodyguard Chief
Luc Bernard
Mickey
Maïwenn
Blond Babe
Jessie Keosian
Old Lady
George Martin
Receptionist
Abdul Hassan Sharif
Mathilda's Taxi driver
Stuart Rudin
Leon's Taxi driver
Kent Broadhurst
1st Policeman
Tommy Hollis
2nd Policeman
Peter Linari
1st Security man
Johnny Limo
2nd Security man
Danny Peled
Kid's Leader
Seth Jerome Walker
Pauly
Michael Mundra
Cigarette Kid
Alex Dezen
Ball Kid
Betty Miller
Orphanage Headmistress
Geoffrey Bateman
Swat Chief
Arsène Jiroyan
Swat Hostage
Peter Vizard
Doctor
Joseph Malerba
Stairway Swat
David W. Butler
Important Jogger
Robert LaSardo
Client #1 (as Robert Lasardo)
Steve Gonnelo
3rd Security Guard
William James Stiggers Jr.
Subway Rapper
Anthony Ragland
Uniformed Guard
Crystal Michelle Blake
Girl
Sonny Zito
DEA Security Guards
Rocky Hernandez
Cop
Randy Pearlstein
Security Guard
Trevor Walace
Policeman
Keith S. Bullock
Bodyguard
Jeff McBride
Bodyguard
Fred Fischer
Newspaperman
Peter Justinius
Secret Service
Denis Bellocq
Jogger
Thomas Delehanty
CIA Agent
Ed Ventresca
Fatman Bodyguard
Wallace Wong
Chinatown Boss
Cary Wong
Chinatown Boss' sidekick
Amimul Rolly
Bellhop #1
Mohammed Rashid
Bellhop #2
Adam Busch
Manolo
Mario Todisco
Tony's Barber
James Melissinos
Girl Chaser
Jernard Burks
Stansfield man
Matt De Matt
Stansfield man
Samy Naceri
Swat 1
Christophe Gautier
Swat 2
Junior Almeida
Swat 3
David Gregg
Swat 4
Michel Montanary
Swat 5
Hervé Husson
Swat 6
Didier Legros
Swat 7
Marc Andréoni
Swat 8
Gilles Kleber
Swat 9
Junior John Levis
Swat 10
Tony Sauraye
Bodyguard 1
Thierry Maurio
Bodyguard 2
James Fahrner
Bodyguard 3
Daniel Schenmetzler
Bodyguard 4
Alyssia Dujmovich
Student
Michael Wehrhahn
Jimmy, SWAT Team Member (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
When the film was first tested in LA, the version that was screened incuded a short scene where Mathilda asks Léon to be her lover. However, the audience became extremely uncomfortable and began to laugh nervously, completely destroying the tone of the film. The film received terrible test scores at the screening, and as such, producer Patrice Ledoux and writer/director Luc Besson decided to cut the scene for theatrical release.
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The scene in which Gary Oldman's character Stansfield talks about his appreciation of Beethoven to Mathilda's father was completely improvised. The scene was filmed several times, with Oldman giving a different improvised story on each take.
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The code that Leon gives Matilda to knock on the door when she returns from getting more milk is two knocks, then one, then two knocks again. This is the telephone area code for Manhattan, which is where the story takes place.
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Goofs
When Mathilda follows Stansfield, we see him enter One Centre St. (which is an NYC Municipal office building.) She tells Leon he works at 26 Federal Plaza.
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Immediately prior to Mathilda's capture by the SWAT team, she is holding the keys in her left hand. Even though she had no opportunity to change hands, they are in her right hand when she hands them to the SWAT team.
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The bathroom mirror disappears and reappears during Mathilda's charades game. It is on the wall for 'Madonna', off the wall for Marilyn Monroe, back on the wall for Charles Chaplin, and off again for 'Gene Kelly'.
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Quotes
Stansfield: [catching Mathilda in the bathroom with food bags] Special delivery huh... Let me guess... Chinese? Thai, maybe? Ahh, I've got it. Italian food
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Swat Chief: [speaking to Stansfield through radio] Alpha team, final position, ready to go.
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Norman Stansfield: Bring me everyone.
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Faq
Q
Why does Leon save Mathilda's life?
A
As part of his code of conduct, Leon's main rule is "no women, no kids," and Mathilda fits both categories. He knew that she would suffer the same fate as her family at the hands of Stansfield and his men if he didn't open the door. Although he would not be the one who pulled the trigger, he would have felt responsible for her death, since he could have prevented it.
Q
What guns are used in the film?
A
See here for a detailed overview of all of the weapons seen in the film.
Q
What are the differences between the theatrical cut, the director's cut, and the extended version?
A
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Photos from cast
Jean-Hugues Anglade Carl J. Matusovich
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