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La Femme Nikita [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Anne Parillaud, Marc Duret, Patrick Fontana, Alain Lathière, Laura Chéron
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Writers: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Claude Besson, Mario Cecchi Gori, Patrice Ledoux, Vittorio Cecchi Gori
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Pioneer Ldca Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Sep 1997
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304615477
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,452 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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French director Luc Besson broke the commercial taboo against female-driven action movies with Nikita, his seminal, seductively slick film about a violent street punk (Anne Parillaud) trained to become a smooth, stylish assassin. Though it amounts, in the end, to little more than disposable pop, the film has a cohesiveness in style and tone--akin to the early James Bond films--that gives it a sense of integrity. Parillaud is compelling both as a wild child and chic-but-lethal pro (trained in good manners by none other than Jeanne Moreau). Tchéky Karyo is also good as the cop mentor who develops feelings for her. --Tom Keogh

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Lyle on 16 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
I've loved Luc Besson's Nikita since the first time I saw it - even with the abysmal American dubbing. The second time I saw it, I was lucky, and caught the original language version - still visually stunning, but so much better without shonky dubbing.
The DVD is more of the same - Nikita is a beautiful film, absolutely fantastic. The storyline is well, there, and the rest of it is just pure entertainment.
But be warned, the DVD is the shonky dubbed version. It's still a good film - but try to keep an eye open for a subtitled one if possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ryan S.Cord on 17 Nov 2011
Format: Blu-ray
First time i saw this film on tv, many years ago it had me repeating scenes in my mind. So i watched it again and it still impresses me with it's style and flow. Screenplay is very well paced, like most of Besson's films and captures your attention so well. Many films today do not have that directorial talent to draw you into a film aswell as Besson does, and Nikita is no exeption despite it's age.
The action scenes flow so fluidly, mounting tension, with moving cameras and fantastic score, thanks to Eric Serra who scores most, if not all of Besson's films. Besson loves the style and power of guns and this film is a good example of that, although he knows when to stop and when to pick up the pace. In all his films though, the emotion of LOVE is always there to finally blossom in the later scenes. Nikita has all of this and is a stylish thriller that has inspired and copied, but never bettered. Just a shame he hasn't directed any more films like this, as opposed to the kids films he has directed recently. Nikita should be in everybody's dvd collection.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By fireblue on 15 Sep 2009
Format: Blu-ray
This is my favourite film of all time from Luc Besson my favourite director.

Nikita is a bit of an accident waiting to happen. A drug addict she kills someone is a drug store raid gone wrong. This sets the tone of the first half of the film, gritty, harsh and full of polar extremes. It's difficult to to get attached to her character or feel anything for her. One minute she is falling in love and the next she is killing an embassador.

There's a great scene where Leon the 'cleaner' turns up and this is testemant to Bessons skill and he created a whole movie out of this 5 minute appearance.

A lot of people will be put off by the subtitles but worry not, this is a simple and energetic film with very little dialogue. Perhaps this is why I like it so much as Besson leaves you to fill in the blanks and portrays the film through emotion and action.

I won't spoil the ending but this is one of the very few films which makes me cry, such is the emotion as the film reaches its climax. Absolutely awesome, well worth a refresh on blu-ray, especially as the DVD version I had was pretty basic with just the movie on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Badu on 30 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
I watched this film for the first time recently after having had it in my head since I saw the trailer when the film first came out about 20 years ago. I've seen the various tv dramas in the mean time, and I have to say that the original movie beats the tv versions any day of the week. The sequence where Nikita goes out for a birthday meal with her handler, only to receive a rather big (deliberately too big?) handgun as a gift; an event which presages the 'mission' that the 'night out' was actually the prelude too, is truly bravura in the truest sense of the word. The despair (childlike joy and excitement a split second earlier) on nikita's face as she first sees the gun and is given her orders; the images of the weapon in her delicate hands; the soundtrack; the brutality of the deed and the comedy of the 'kitchen scene', and the beauty of the ballsy efficiency of her subsequent escape. It's balletic. The sniper sequence from Venice is the other gem that makes the film; the tears as she lifts the automatic rifle from beneath the bath bubbles; visual poetry. The plot is a little strained by the standard of the current 'Bourne' films (the latest purveyor of that familiar combination of vulnerability and power in a central character) but this is really about the art of film, not storytelling. It makes you wonder about all the slightly unsatisfying films you've seen with perfect plots. Capturing the 'feeling' of a story is perhaps the most important thing. This is something that is done well in this film. Very stylish, very French, up their with the best thrillers of all time.
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Format: DVD
Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is a teenage delinquent, street punk and heroin abuser, who - as a means of securing another fix - participates in the robbery of a pharmacy owned by the parents of her fellow junkie friend. Unfortunately for them, the robbery goes horribly awry, degenerating into a gunfight with the local police, during which, her cohort is killed. Suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms, she shoots a police officer. Nikita is then arrested, tried, convicted of murder, and imprisoned for life, with parole considered after thirty years. In prison, she is drugged to simulate a death sentence; eventually waking up in an anonymous room, where a well-dressed hard man (Tchéky Karyo) enters and reveals to her that, although officially dead and buried after a suicide by overdose, she is, in actual fact, in the custody of the DGSE, the French intelligence agency. She is given a choice: work as a DGSE assassin or be killed. After some resistance, she chooses the former and proves a talented killer. One of her trainers, Amande (Jeanne Moreau), transforms her from grimy gutter trash into a stylish femme fatale.

La Femme Nikita, or "Nikita" as it is more commonly known (1990), was very much the prototype for director Luc Besson's subsequent film, the similarly stylish hit man-themed thriller Léon (1994); albeit, on a smaller scale and with a slightly more feminist edge.
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