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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: PAL
  • Language: French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar. 2003
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087I27
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,197 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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5 of 5 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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56 of 62 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By fireblue on 15 Sept. 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 S. F. husseiny on 3 May 2012
Format: DVD
(THE FILM)
After being convicted of killing a cop, street-tough Nikita must choose between her own execution or training with a top-secret government agency to become an assassin. Given a new identity, new skills, and a new life by her mentor Bob (Tcheky Karyo), Nikita becomes "Josephine," a seductive, sophisticated knockout who's also a brutally efficient killing machine.
Luc Besson's Nikita is the stylish, high-voltage thriller that revolutionized the action genre with a sexy, gun-wielding woman as its main character. Starring Jean Reno, Jean-Hughes Anglade, Jeanne Moreau and Anne Parillaud in the title role (winning her a 1991 Best Actress Cesar Award), Nikita achieved cult status worldwide, inspiring an American remake and a hit U.S. television series.
Powered by some of the most adrenaline-pumping action scenes ever filmed, Nikita redefined femme fatale for a new generation.
WHAT CAN I SAY?.
Starring Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau and Jean Reno, La Femme Nikita is "slick, stylish and tremendously entertaining"Rescued from death row by a top-secret agency, Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is slowly transformed from cop-killing junkie into bombshell with a license to kill.She murders. So she can live. But when she begins the deadliest mission of her career-only to fall for a man who knows nothing of her true identity-Nikita discovers that in the dark and ruthless world of espionage, the greatest casualty of all...is true love.
and features some of the best acting and writing of the entire action genre.
Jean Reno is fantastic as Victor the cleaner.
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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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