La Femme Nikita

La Femme Nikita

La Femme Nikita

A convicted felon is given a second chance as a political assassin working for the government in this action thriller from Luc Besson.

When drug-addicted teen Nikita (Anne Parillaud) shoots a cop in a robbery gone wrong, her sentence is death. But behind prison walls, she is given a secret ultimatum: harness her penchant for violence, or face her executioner. After three years of martial arts, weapons and etiquette training, Nikita is reborn as Josephine, a sexy, sophisticated assassin, released back into normal society with instructions to build a cover life for her killer job.

1990Rating: MA15+, Strong violence and coarse language117 minsFrance, Italy, French, Italian and English with English subtitles
ActionThrillerWorld Cinema
Director:
Luc Besson ('The Fifth Element', 'Léon: The Professional', Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets')
Writer:
Luc Besson
Cast:
Anne ParillaudMarc DuretPatrick FontanaAlain LathièreJean RenoTchéky KaryoJean-Hugues AngladeJeanne MoreauJacques Boudet
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A slick, calculating mixture of French contemplativeness and American flying glass.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Very Little in this French thriller makes sense, but it's all savagely engrossing because of the performance of Anne Parillaud in the title role. She's a spellbinder.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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This is not French filmmaking at its best; it's a copy of American studio work, with a few bent wisps of feeling drifting in. Yet good mechanics can make half-good machines, and that's what Besson has done here.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

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The movie is the art-house Blue Steel, and it may prove irresistible to women who’ve spent years watching farfetched male action thrillers and — quite understandably — want a few to call their own.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A slick, calculating mixture of French contemplativeness and American flying glass.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Very Little in this French thriller makes sense, but it's all savagely engrossing because of the performance of Anne Parillaud in the title role. She's a spellbinder.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Begins with the materials of a violent thriller but transcends them with the story of the heroine's transformation.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This is not French filmmaking at its best; it's a copy of American studio work, with a few bent wisps of feeling drifting in. Yet good mechanics can make half-good machines, and that's what Besson has done here.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The movie is the art-house Blue Steel, and it may prove irresistible to women who’ve spent years watching farfetched male action thrillers and — quite understandably — want a few to call their own.

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