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
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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Natalie Portman was originally turned down by Todd Thaler (the casting director) due to being too young, but she returned to the auditions and performed the scene where Mathilda laments the loss of her brother. Luc Besson was so impressed with the depth of emotion she summoned during the audition that he gave her the role.
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Mathilda wants Stansfield dead in order to avenge the death of her brother, which was the only member of her family that she cared about. Although Stansfield kills the rest of Mathilda's family, her brother is actually killed by Stansfield's henchman Willi (you can hear Malky scolding him for it when Mathilda walks by the entrance to the apartment, right after the raid). This means that she is actually present to witness the death of her brother's killer, as she is in the room when Léon shoots him.
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Goofs
When Stansfield is walking into the DEA building, followed by Mathilda, a cameraman is standing in the window high above the entrance.
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Léon's milk rises and falls in his glass, depending on the camera angle, immediately prior to the charades game. He pours a less than full glass for himself when his back is to the camera, but it is at the top line when the camera faces him. As he talks with Mathilda, there are several shots back and forth with the level changing back and forth each time.
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There are no other chalk marks visible for the dad or the sister, both shot in the hallway.
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Quotes
Mathilda: You killed my brother.
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Mathilda: I've decided what to do with my life. I wanna be a cleaner.
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Pauly: C'mon, asshole! C'mon faggot. C'mon, gun trick.
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Faq
Q
What film does Léon go to see?
A
It's Always Fair Weather (1955), directed by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, and starring Gene Kelly.
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 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