Femme Nikita

Femme Nikita

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Director: Luc Besson

Cast: Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Tchéky Karyo

     
 

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Luc Besson's 1990 thriller La Femme Nikita comes to DVD from MGM/UA in a special edition with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Audio is offered with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in both the original French and English-dubbed versions. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Special features include stills and poster galleries, anSee more details below

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Luc Besson's 1990 thriller La Femme Nikita comes to DVD from MGM/UA in a special edition with a widescreen anamorphic transfer. Audio is offered with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in both the original French and English-dubbed versions. Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, and French. Special features include stills and poster galleries, an interactive map, and the original theatrical trailer. The featurettes include "The Sound of Nikita" and "Revealed: The Making of La Femme Nikita."

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
French writer-director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) pours it all out in this dazzling action odyssey about a foul-mouthed junkie-turned-assassin. Like a French twist on Pygmalion, Nikita (the hypnotic Anne Parillaud) is a gang-running street girl who gets caught after killing a cop; in light of this, she's quizzically chosen by a shadowy intelligence bureau as the ideal Nobody to be remade and remodeled. Trained in the various arts of killing by an engagingly hangdog officer (Tcheky Karyo), she assumes the undercover alias of "Josephine" and is plopped back into society. She proceeds to kick butt without taking names, and, ironically enough, strikes up a very normal relationship with a very normal grocery worker (Jean-Hughes Anglade). Themes of socialization aside, Nikita served as a terrifically stylish Hollywood calling card for Besson, and it spawned the off-kilter remake Point of No Return as well as a somewhat campy television series. But when all the bullet casings are counted, this white-knuckle original is the one to see.
All Movie Guide
Nikita (renamed "La Femme Nikita" for the U.S.) is writer/director Luc Besson's rhythmic, ultra-stylish, and gleefully ridiculous 1990 hit movie. A mixture of Pygmalion, Diva, and one of John Woo's choreographed action pictures, the film was one of a subgenre of action pictures to emerge in the 1990s, characterized by tongue-in-cheek stylistics and a hip, film noir-ish sensibility. Anne Parillaud, Besson's wife at the time, gives the film a sullen, acrimonious seriousness often missing in American films of this same type (i.e. Killing Zoe, The Long Kiss Goodnight). Nikita was remade in Hollywood as Point of No Return with Bridget Fonda and in Hong Kong as Black Cat; the film also spawned an American cable-television show called La Femme Nikita.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2003
UPC:
0027616887443
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The sound of Nikita featurette; Revealed: the making of La Femme Nikita documentary; Programming Nikita: interactive map; Easter egg; Poster gallery; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anne Parillaud Nikita
Jean-Hugues Anglade Marco
Tchéky Karyo Bob
Jeanne Moreau Amande
Jean Reno Victor the Cleaner
Roland Blanche Police Investigator
Jean Bouise l'attache ambassade
Philippe du Janerand Ambassador
Marc Duret Rico
Philippe Leroy-Beaulieu Commander Grosmann
Jacques Boudet Pharmacist
Mathieu Archer Bob
Fausto Constantino Guard
Rodolphe Freytt 1st Male Nurse
Roland Gueridon Chaplain
Alexander Koumpan Ambassador's Servant
Laurent Lesdema Dance Instructor
Jean-Marie Merchet Judo Instructor
Jean-Pierre Pauty Man-George V Bar
J. Claude Bolle Reddat Guard-Control Station
Gerard Touratier Guard - Armoured Entrance
Guy VanRiet Paternal Detective
Patrick Fontana Coyotte
Alain Lathiere Zap
Laura Cheron Punk
Helene Aligier Pharmacist
Pierre-Alain DeGarrigues Police Pharmacist
Patrick Perez Police Pharmacist
Bruno Randon Police Pharmacist
Vincent Skimenti Police Pharmacist
Joseph Teruel Police Trainee
Jacques Disses Lawyer
Stephane Fey Presiding Judge
Philippe Dehesdin 1st Magistrate
Michel Brunot 2nd Magistrate
Pavel Slaby 2nd Male Nurse
Jean-Luc Caron Computer Instructor
Renos Mandis Firearms Instructor
Patrick Serriere Bob, Chauffeur
Iska Khan Man in the Restaurant
Heike Fisher Woman in Restaurant
Patrick Buiquangda 3rd Restaurant Bodyguard
Eddie Gaydu 2nd Bodyguard
Jose Steinmann Restaurant Bodyguard
Philippe Hernando Barracks Orderly
Jean Bedin Storekeeper - Gunsmith's
Edith Perret Woman - Real Estate Agency
Michel Campa Eavesdropper
Murray Grunwall Office Manager
Pierrick Charpentier 1st Office Detective
Rafael Sultan 2nd Office Detective
Hubert Gillet Office Detective
Petronille Moss Waiter
Eric Prat agent immobilier
Mia Frye Newspaper Woman
Olivier Hemon Tardy Man
Christian Gazio Ambassador's Bodyguard
Patrick Chauveau Guard
Maurice Antoni Ambassador's Bodyguard
Michele Amiel Police Officer

Technical Credits
Luc Besson Director,Screenwriter
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Jean Bouise Producer
Mario Cecchi Gori Producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori Producer
Olivier Mauffroy Editor
Eric Serra Score Composer
Nicholas Seydoux Producer
Julie Sfez Set Decoration/Design
Dan Weil Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title
2. Shop Till You Drop...Dead
3. Her Name in Blood
4. A Life Sentence
5. Mother Has Been Warned
6. Officially Deceased
7. Never the First Bullet
8. Reeducation
9. Barely Human
10. No Sunday, No Exception
11. Happy Final Birthday
12. Abusing Feminine Wiles
13. A Date Outside
14. One Hell of a Present
15. A Kiss Before Leaving
16. Code Name "Josephine"
17. The Checkout Guy
18. More Eating, Less Talking
19. The Lazy Princess
20. Josephine's First Call
21. Dinner With "Uncle" Bob
22. Venice...
23. ...Is for Killers
24. Bob's Tough Love
25. Upwardly Mobile
26. Brain Over Brawn
27. Abort Mission?
28. The Cleaner
29. The Embassy Incident
30. Before It's Too Late
31. A Debt to Be Paid
32. End Credits

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