Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
Luc Besson (Screenplay), Luc Besson (Director)
Release: Sep. 14th, 1994
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Léon, the top hit man in New York, has earned a rep as an effective "cleaner". But when his next-door neighbors are wiped out by a loose-cannon DEA agent, he becomes the unwilling custodian of 12-year-old Mathilda. Before long, Mathilda's thoughts turn to revenge, and she considers following in Léon's footsteps.
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The movie's humour tends to come from the awkward, mildly sexual moments between Leon and Matilda, which gives the movie a few 'shouldn't laugh' moments, but Leon's reactions are what makes it funny, as Jean Reno again, is spot on.
Like Besson's films often have there's this borderline fantasy feel to Lon which is kinda enhanced by the over-the-top performance of Gary Oldman as the psychotic DEA agent and Lon's childlike mentality.