IMDb users revisited lots of old TV favorites this year — from "Friends" to "The Office," these were the most binged shows of 2020. Documentary Feature winners Leon Gast and David Sonenberg with Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Léon: The Professional Your wedding is a love story, and future generations will want to cherish it. He then opens Léon's vest to find a cluster of active grenades, which promptly detonate, killing Stansfield. Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. He is best known for his roles in films like ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Crazy Heart.’ Bridges, who comes from a prominent acting family, started appearing on screen as a toddler. Léon is an Italian hitman (or "cleaner", as he refers to himself) living a solitary life in New York City's Little Italy. The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence. ... Short Film (Live Action) - Kim Magnusson, Anders Thomas Jensen. In time, the pair form a close bond. South Korean comedian Park Myeong-su and singer-songwriter IU released and performed a song inspired by the film, "Leon", for a bi-annual music festival of South Korea's highly popular variety show, Infinite Challenge, in 2015. Mathilda's abusive father attracts the ire of corrupt DEA agents, who have been paying him to stash cocaine in his apartment. Jeffrey Leon Bridges, popularly known as Jeff Bridges, is a popular ‘Academy’ award-winning American actor. Rated R for scenes of strong graphic violence, and for language, Tony puts out his cigarette in an ashtray, ‘City On A Hill’ Casts Leon; Jackie Seiden Joins ‘Call Your Mother’, Natalie Portman Says ‘Being Sexualized’ as a Child Star ‘Made Me Afraid’, ‘One Night in Miami’ Stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Aldis Hodge on the Burden of Playing Iconic Figures, Top 100 Movies as Rated by Women on IMDb in 2016, The Top 200 Movies as Rated by Women on IMDb in 2018. Mathilda quickly discovers that Léon is a hitman. The first line in the lyrics, "this is from Matilda", refer to Léon's last words to Stansfield, shortly before the grenades detonate and kills them. "[9], While most of the interior footage was shot in France, the rest of the film was shot on location in New York City. (1994). See the list of 2020 Oscar Nominations including best picture, best actors and actresses, and more. Later, while Mathilda returns home from grocery shopping, a NYPD ESU team sent by Stansfield captures her and attempts to infiltrate Léon's apartment. As he is dying, Léon places an object in Stansfield's hands that he says is "from Mathilda"; Stansfield discovers that it is a grenade pin. [11], Léon: The Professional was released in France on 14 September 1994. Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. [18], Mark Salisbury of Empire magazine awarded the film a full five stars. All of these Disney Academy Awards nominees are absolutely perfect, and we're glad the Academy agrees. After her father, step-mother, step-sister and little brother are killed by her father's employers, the 12-year-old daughter of an abject drug dealer manages to take refuge in the apartment of a professional hitman who at her request teaches her the methods of his job so she can take her revenge on the corrupt DEA agent who ruined her life by killing her beloved brother. It was released in Australia on 19 January 2017 and in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2017. [10], A soundtrack for the film was released in October 1994 by TriStar Music. Was this review helpful to you? Filmaka.com, is a Online short film making competition platform that rewards talent by providing aspiring filmmakers with professional opportunities. [33] According to Besson, this is the version he wanted to release, but for the fact that the extra scenes tested poorly with Los Angeles preview audiences. After that, in 1997, The Fifth Element became the highest-grossing French film at the international box office and … The film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 October 2016, was given a limited release in the United States on 25 November 2016, by The Weinstein Company before opening generally on 6 January 2017. [1] The film was a commercial success, grossing over $45 million worldwide on a $16 million budget. [31], In 2011, director Olivier Megaton told reporters that he and Besson used the script for Mathilda as the basis for Colombiana, a film about a young cleaner played by Zoe Saldana. View production, box office, & company info. The 2020 Mar del Plata Festival doled out its top prizes to “The Year of the Discovery,” “Los Conductos” and “The Lost Time.” His work comes from a mafioso named "Old Tony". When Léon heads out for an apparent assignment, Mathilda fills a bag with guns from Léon's collection and sets out to kill Stansfield. [29] The Bollywood film Bichhoo was inspired by Léon: The Professional. They go against the grain. The film holds a 74% positive aggregate rating based on 65 critical reviews on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.91/10. With the nominations for the 86 th Academy Awards being revealed January 16, we started thinking about some of our favorite films with zero Oscar nominations. We are so excited for the Academy Awards because the list of nominations is full of Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Studios nominees! Léon: The Professional received positive reviews from critics. 1 Nomination. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. The nominations for the 2020 Tony Awards were revealed October 15. Léon killed the father out of revenge and fled to New York, where he met Tony and trained to become a cleaner. The film holds a 74% positive aggregate rating based on 65 critical reviews on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.91/10. Use the HTML below. Both the central protagonists attempt to come to terms with their dysfunctionality, to society, against a background of violence, which they both continue to act upon as the agent of someone else. Léon creates a quick escape for Mathilda by smashing a hole in an air shaft; he tells her to meet him at Tony's place in an hour, and tells her that he loves her, moments before the police blow up the apartment. [32], There is also an extended version of the film, referred to as "international version", "version longue", or "version intégrale". (Updated November 28, 2020.) One day, Léon meets Mathilda Lando, a lonely 12-year-old girl. Léon was Besson's first foray into international film production. When Mathilda returns, she realizes what has happened just in time to continue down the hall to Léon's apartment; he hesitantly gives her shelter. However, in the meantime, Besson left Gaumont Film Company to start his own movie studio, EuropaCorp. At first, Léon is unsettled by her presence, and considers murdering her, but he eventually trains Mathilda and shows her how to use various weapons. The film also received seven nominations at the 20th César Awards, for Best Film, Best Director for Besson, Best Actor for Reno, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music, and Best Sound. [25] The character Norman Stansfield has since been named as one of cinema's greatest villains.[26][27][28]. Léon: The Professional (French: Léon), titled Leon in the UK and Australia (and originally titled The Professional in the US), is a 1994 English-language French action-thriller film[5][6][7][8] written and directed by Luc Besson. The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate and other historical events unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75, whose only desire is to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart. The Perfect Couple. Léon ambushes the ESU team and rescues Mathilda. Short Film (Live Action) - Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Like Mathilda, her character goes to war with a drug cartel as revenge for the murder of her family when she was a child. As Mathilda and Léon recover from the ordeal, Léon tells her about how he became a cleaner; when Léon was young in Italy, he was in love with a girl from a wealthy family. He is also a singer and film producer. A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup. It was first released in the United Kingdom in 2009 as the "Director's Cut". Mathilda tries to convince Tony to hire her in Leon's place, but Tony flatly refuses to hire a twelve-year-old, and tells Mathilda he had been instructed by Léon to give his money to her if anything happened to him. Léon, after discovering her plan in a note left for him, rescues Mathilda, killing two more of Stansfield's men in the process. The extended version of Léon was shown as "version longue" in French cinemas in 1996, and then released on VHS. However, he was not entirely complimentary: "Always at the back of my mind was the troubled thought that there was something wrong about placing a 12-year-old character in the middle of this action. The New England based group showed tremendous love for Chloé Zhao’s ̶… [30], Besson wrote a script for a sequel, Mathilda, but filming was delayed until Portman was older. Jeffrey Leon Bridges, popularly known as Jeff Bridges, is a popular ‘Academy’ award-winning American actor. The film launched at Karlovy Vary 2019 and has received 13 nominations in Lithuania’s national film awards, for which the results are pending. The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. View trailers, photos and detailed information about the 92nd Academy Awards nominees. Get the latest updates, photos and videos for the 89th Academy Awards. In La Femme Nikita, Jean Reno plays a similar character named Victor. An unusual relationship forms as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade. He praised Oldman's performance as "divinely psychotic". A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did. [12] It debuted on Blu-ray in Germany by Kinowelt in 2008. Music: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. [20] Richard Schickel of Time magazine lauded the film, writing, "this is a Cuisinart of a movie, mixing familiar yet disparate ingredients, making something odd, possibly distasteful, undeniably arresting out of them". She bluffs her way into the DEA office by posing as a delivery girl, only to be ambushed by Stansfield in a bathroom; one of his men arrives and announces that Léon had just killed Malky, one of the corrupt DEA agents, in Chinatown that morning. Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul "This is Me" Nominee. It includes most of the special features combined from previous releases. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the hitman's trade. Even further success came to the director in 1994 with the release of Leon: The Professional starring the young Natalie Portman. Abdi, which was composed for film and concert, Grant McLachlan, is part of Leon Bosch’s latest album The South African Double Bass. The site's consensus states, "Pivoting on the unusual relationship between seasoned hitman and his 12-year-old apprentice—a breakout turn by young Natalie Portman—Luc Besson's Léon is a stylish and oddly affecting thriller". In August 1972, John Wojtowicz, 27, a married Brooklyn man and Vietnam vet with a stream of gay lovers on the side, decided to rob a bank to … An enraged Stansfield confronts Tony, who is violently interrogated for Léon's whereabouts. Mathilda looks up to Léon and quickly develops a crush on him, often telling him she loves him, but he refuses to reciprocate. Please note: If a film received any kind of Oscar nomination (even in a lone technical category, like Fight Club), it is NOT eligible for this list. He said, "Oozing style, wit and confidence from every sprocket, and offering a dizzyingly, fresh perspective on the Big Apple that only Besson could bring, this is, in a word, wonderful". Besson described Léon as "Now maybe Jean is playing the American cousin of Victor. Search for "Léon: The Professional" on Amazon.com, Title: Even in a finale of extravagant violence, it manages to be maudlin ... Mr. Oldman expresses most of the film's sadism as well as many of its misguidedly poetic sentiments."[22]. They show the middle finger to convention and busy bodies and the law and the closed-minded.They are lovers unspoken and true.And like every great film there is violence too. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Unhappy at Besson's departure, Gaumont Film Company "has held The Professional rights close to the vest – and will not budge". What are the tablets which Stansfield takes twice during the course of the film? It appeared as the "international version" on Region 1 DVD in North America in 2000, and was re-issued in 2005. [17] At Metacritic, the film received an average score of 64 based on 12 reviews, indicating "Generally favorable reviews". Esposados. The plot follows Léon (Reno), a professional hitman, who reluctantly takes in 12-year-old Mathilda (Portman), after her family is murdered by corrupted Drug Enforcement Administration agent Norman Stansfield (Oldman). It was commercially successful in Japan, being certified gold for 100,000 copies shipped in December 1999. The film, and her son’s fame, have altered her life to some extent. The site's consensus states, "Pivoting on the unusual relationship between seasoned hitman and his 12-year-old apprentice—a breakout turn by young Natalie Portman—Luc Besson's Léon is a stylish and oddly affecting thriller". She used to rent her room; Brierley has spent 300,000 rupees (£3,600) to buy it for her. He is best known for his roles in films like ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Crazy Heart.’ Bridges, who comes from a prominent acting family, started appearing on screen as a toddler. [15] Subsequently it was released a few times with a U.K. remastered Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD was issued by Studio Canal on 11 November 2019. Written by Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. This time he's more human. [16], Léon: The Professional received positive reviews from critics. The additional material is found in the film's second act, and it depicts more of the interactions and relationship between Léon and Mathilda, as well as explicitly demonstrating how Mathilda accompanies Léon on several of his hits as "a full co-conspirator", to further her training as a contracted killer.[34]. [1] In France overall, it sold 3,330,703 tickets. I have two reasons: 1994 was a year with some of the best films: Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, while Leon: The Professional is a big film, it doesn’t measure up to the critical receptions of the best picture films. 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The Greatest Showman received 5 major nominations in 2018, winning 1 award. The similarities, or parallels, between Nikita and Léon are undoubted. The nominees for the 61st Grammy Awards were announced Friday morning, with Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Brandi Carlile leading the pack In the script, Mathilda was described as "older" and "more mature", and was working as a cleaner. This is it.I love them. 66 of 72 people found this review helpful. She then walks onto a field near the school to plant Léon's houseplant, as she had told Léon that he should "give it roots". 2018 Academy Awards 1 nomination. Cannes choices lead contenders, Denmark goes with Mads Mikkelsen, and this is the first year Academy voters can watch at home. During the raid, Stansfield murders Mathilda's entire family while she is out shopping for groceries. Anthony Minghella and Saul Zaentz. Léon Awards and Nominations.