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Léon – the movie

I’ve just watched Léon, a film from 1994 directed by Luc Besson. The movie’s just been aired on one of the Norwegian TV-channels, and I’m stunned. As a rule, I find big doses of gangsters, violence, blood, gore, corpses, drugs, and senseless killing utterly unappealing and certainly not very entertaining. Léon is a movie about a pro hitman (excellently played by Jean Reno) and is full of it, yet I was riveted from beginning to end. Visceral and intelligent, this is an action thriller for lovers. A true masterpiece, and probably Besson’s best, beating even Nikita and The Fifth Element. Gary Oldman as Stansfield is fabelous, as is a very young Natalie Portman as Mathilda, marking Portman’s feature film debut.

Directed by 

Luc Besson  

Writing Credits  

Luc Besson (written by)

Cast (in credits order)

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno Jean Reno Leon
Gary Oldman Gary Oldman Stansfield
Natalie Portman Natalie Portman Mathilda
Danny Aiello Danny Aiello Tony
Peter Appel Peter Appel Malky
Willi One Blood Willi One Blood 1st Stansfield Man (as Willie One Blood)
Don Creech Don Creech 2nd Stansfield man
Keith A. Glascoe Keith A. Glascoe 3rd Stansfield man
Randolph Scott Randolph Scott 4th Stansfield man
Michael Badalucco Michael Badalucco Mathilda’s Father
Ellen Greene Ellen Greene Mathilda’s Mother
Elizabeth Regen Elizabeth Regen Mathilda’s Sister
Carl J. Matusovich Carl J. Matusovich Mathilda’s Brother
Frank Senger Frank Senger Fatman
Lucius Wyatt Cherokee Lucius Wyatt Cherokee Tonto (as Lucius Wyatt ‘Cherokee’)

[Source: IMDB]

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