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Nikita [Blu-ray]

Jeanne Moreau , Luc Besson    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeanne Moreau
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BC9YUW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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Anne Parillaud plays Nikita, a nihilistic punk who is given a life sentence for killing a policeman. Without warning she is transferred to a secret training centre where the mysterious Bob (Tchéky Karyo) transforms her into a ruthless government assassin. Directed by Luc Besson, the film was remade in America as 'The Assassin' in 1993.

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - but beware 16 Dec 2003
By Lyle
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, Sleek, Captivating, French Thriller. 17 Nov 2011
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
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Only You 15 Sep 2009
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luc Besson's masterpiece 18 Sep 2003
There are films Noir, and there are thrillers. But Luc Besson gives us possibly the greatest film of all of these in "Nikita", the original film which later spawned a US clone titled "The Assassin", and a Canadian TV series.
Nikita, a drug-crazed killer off the streets, is sentenced to death for murder but wins a fatal reprieve - waking up after a supposedly lethal injection, and with the world believing in her demise, she is offered a choice: kill for her government or be killed in accordance with her sentence. This film follows her life as an assassin as she struggles to stay alive, but will her humanity - and her sanity - last that long?
This film is a true classic, possibly one of the greatest films of all time, which is a rare accolade for a non-US production. Besson's cinematography is at its peak here and he brings out the dark, wet, dirty streets of Paris to great effect, as well as creating the claustrophobic interior's of the section's training facility and cells. Combat is fierce and realistic, and may not be very suitable for younger viewers. The "18" rating is there for a good reason.
Any person considering themselves a true expert of cinema or anybody who wants to own the best there is should get a copy of this film as soon as possible. As far as I am concerned, this film ranks alongside "Seven Samurai" as one of the best non-US productions ever made, and should definitely be in the top 100 films of all time. Buy it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best 27 Jun 2006
By o86p
A gritty, violent but also romantic and very sexy film. Luc Besson's work is brilliant and been copied a number of times (Black cat, the assasin, La Femme Nikita TV Series) but this is head shoulders above those. Anne Parillaud is sizzling as the title character while the supporting cast is great, Jean Reno, Tceky Karyo, Jeanne Moreau all give stellar performances. Besson's direction and writing is first class, especially the action scenes while the romantic storylines bring the film to another level. Definately worth the money unlike the many remakes (especially the assassin which is nearly scene for scene)
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 30 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film certainly gives subtitled films a good rep. I remember watching this film on TV a few years back and it has stuck in my mind ever since. The plotline is so fascinating and it keeps hold of you the whole way through. The acting from all cast members is outstanding. Hollywood tried doing a copy of it with 'Assassin' and totally destroyed it. V. good film, watch it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Art? No. But a fun, smart and occasionally even emotional action...
A drugged out. almost brain-dead punk full of attitude and anger, Nikita is caught after helping rob a drug store, leaving several cops dead. She’s given a choice. Read more
Published 6 days ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikita "La Femme Nikita" (Blu-ray Version)
This 1990 French Italian co-production both written and directed by Luc Beeson about the transformation of a convicted drug-crazed street waif superbly played Anne Parillaud who is... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Milt Ingarfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Besson!!
I bought this on the basis that I really loved Luc Besson's "Leon" however I didn't realise that this film is in french with english subtitles which I found abit... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Joel S. Greenhalgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Action drama
Saw it on TV years ago and remembered it because of the actress. Some scenes are not realistic but acceptable.
Published 3 months ago by Milutin Srbulov
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s Besson
Loved this when I saw it in the cinema back in the 80s (Hyde Pk Cinema, Leeds) and decided I'd get it as a good action film for my daughters: good female role models etc (? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peter Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous
what a great movie it was. It well written and acted and kept you on the edge of your seat thoughout
Published 5 months ago by alex martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikita
Yes, another classic from great french director Luc Besson. Stunning french thriller, excellent and freak atmosphere. Brilliant casting, Anne Parillaud is on top.
Published 5 months ago by Marko
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie is ok but ...
Movie is ok, video and sound quality is good but extras department is lacking. There should be more but producers have been lazy.
Published 9 months ago by Sculder
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused
I held this up to the light but no pictures appeared. I wonder if this is defective.
It does not seem to fit my slide projector very well.
Published 9 months ago by Malcolm Tierney
4.0 out of 5 stars classic film...
...worth watching. A calssic film in its own right. A girl turns assasin story. Not full of the cgi of modern films but still good.
Published 10 months ago by J
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