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Nikita [DVD] [1990]

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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 (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087I27
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,012 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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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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Along with Leon, is Besson's best film ever. Presented on an excellent blu ray, Nikita paved the way to the contemporary french (if not european) action cinema. It's a cold lit and cold-blooded story of a woman losing her nature to find redemption yet progressively and desperately trying to regain her dignity and feminine side before losing everything again. It is a detour plot, with some tragedy constantly hiding round the corner, but nonetheless it is also a very enjoyable, cool, entertaining and adrenalinic film. Anne Parillaud is a striking revelation as well as Besson's style, that skillfully manages to swing around a merely music video/commercial visual approach, giving density, drama and depth to the scenes (even action ones are not just merely action scenes), letting the actors and characters show their personality and inner drama, yet not renouncing to amuse and adopt any kind of visual, sound and editing solution to make it all look very cool.
At the end of the day, however, Nikita is a French film (in a good way), meaning it's focused on the dramatic progression of the story and the ambiguous fascination of its atmosphere
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Nikita was the movie that put French film maker Luc Besson on the international map and spawned not only a US remake but at least two TV spin-offs; but as always though the original remains the best.

Anne Parillaud stars as a junkie sentenced to life imprisonment after killing a police officer only to be given a chance to redeem herself by carrying out missions (usually assassinations) for a mysterious government agency. After completing her training Parillaud is released into the city and meets a kind and quirky supermarket cashier (the always brilliant Jean-Hugues Anglade) with whom she forms a passionate relationship. Parillaud is forced to lead a double life: carrying out government hits while trying to lead a normal life with Anglade. Over time Anglade begins to suspect that Parillaud is keeping secrets, and things come to a bloody head when a hit goes very wrong.

If you can get over the absurdity of the central premise (why would the government train a junkie cop killer to become an assassin?), Nikita is a brilliant film; touching, harrowing and at times brutally violent. Parillaud is excellent for the most part, though some of her outbursts are rather bizarre, and there is terrific support not only from Anglade but also from Tcheky Karyo as Parillaud’s government handler who is secretly in love with her. Eric Serra provides a great sythentiser score, at times reminiscent of Brad Fiedel’s work on the Terminator films.

Nikita looks great on Blu Ray but the extras are a little underwhelming; most date from an early 2000s DVD release and are all in standard def.
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By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2001
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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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I bought this DVD ages ago and have no finally got round to watching it. If you don't like the minimalist dialogue and brooding silences of French movies then this is not for you. It also - watching 26 years since it was first released - seems strangely dated.

It received mixed reviews at the time of its release with many I am sure "thinking what was that about?" Is it merely a narrative or is there some meaning? Personally I think it is just a narrative in which you are invited to enjoy the action and the fine acting from Anne Parillaud as Nikita/Marie/Josephine and a marvellous cameo by Jean Reno as Victor the "Cleaner" whilst reflecting on the evil of the French state in creating the assassin in the first place.

It is worth the watch though and it is understandable that it was such a hit in France. Just don't knock yourself out looking for the hidden meanings and you will be disappointed too if you are a pure action movie fan (which I am not).
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The film was another gripping production of Luc Besson,and fabulous performance by Anne Parillaud. Way better than the US version which followed. Great photography and film score. It does help to watch the French version as parts get lost in translation.
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Superb Luc Besson film with Anne Parillaud absoutely stunning as the nihilistic drug-taking young woman who is turned into a state killing machine. Sounds unlikely but her transformation is convincingly drawn. I bought this to replace a rather poor VHS version. Worth every penny
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