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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 ...
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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."
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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
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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.
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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: 7/1/2003
  • UPC: 027616887443
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD

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

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Special Features
      The Sound of Nikita
      Revealed: The Making of La Femme Nikita
      Programming Nikita
         Training Room
         Vanity Room
         Bedroom
      Poster Gallery
      Theatrical Trailer
      Other Great MGM Releases
         James Bond 007: Die Another Day
         The Terminator
         Platoon
         More Great MGM Releases
   Languages
      English 5.1 Surround
      French 5.1 Surround
      English Subtitles
      French Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
      No Subtitles
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Transformation

    Watching Nikita transform from a rough street punk to a professional cold-blooded assasin is interesting - great acting. Supporting cast does just that - support the main actress. I have seen this movie many times, but it never fails to entertain me.

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