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Anne Parillaud plays Nikita, a nihilistic punk who is given a life sentence for killing a policeman. Without warning she is transferred to a secret training centre where the mysterious Bob (Tchéky Karyo) transforms her into a ruthless government assassin. Directed by Luc Besson, the film was remade in America as 'The Assassin' in 1993.
- Movies & TV
- 14 Sep 2009
- Foreign Language
- Region B
- Interactive Menus
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- Bonus Footage
- Interviews: Luc Besson (Director), Tchéky Karyo (Actor)
- Making Of Documentary
- 111 min
- Age Restriction
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- Femme Nikita
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- Alternate Title
- Femme Nikita
- Action/Adventure / Assassination / Disturbing / Essential Cinema / France / Futuristic / Murder / Recommended / Romance / Substance Abuse / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
- A beautiful junkie condemned to death for the murder of a policeman is given a chance to live - as a secret political assassin controlled by the government. Her lonely existence is warmed when she falls in love with a gentle, humorous man who knows nothing of her bizarre and mysterious life. Remade in the U.S. as POINT OF NO RETURN and in Hong Kong as BLACK CAT. It was also the basis for the popular US cable television series.
- Anne Parillaud won the Best Actress Cesar and Donatello awards for 1990.
Shot in France and Italy in CinemaScope. Color by Eastmancolor. Began shooting April 10, 1989.
Released theatrically in Paris February 21, 1990; New York City March 8, 1991; and Los Angeles March 15, 1991. Released on video September 4, 1991.
An American version starring Bridget Fonda was made in 1992, entitled "Point of No Return." The two films also inspired the TV series "La Femme Nikita," premiering on the USA cable network in early 1997.
Rated BBFC 18 by the British Board of Film Censors.
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- Movie Critics
- Entertainment Weekly
- "...Sensational..." -- Rating: A-— Lawrence O'Toole (13 Jan 1995, p.67)
- Los Angeles Times
- "...Besson's cast here is quite good; Parillaud, Karyo and Anglade are all charismatic actors who can suggest levels of meaning..."— Michael Wilmington (15 Mar 1991, p.F16)
- New York Times
- "...A slick, calculating mixture of French contemplativeness and American flying glass....[Parillaud is] a nimble and dangerous-looking actress..."— Janet Maslin (8 Mar 1991, p.C10)
- Rolling Stone
- "...Savagely engrossing....It's wildly seductive and erotic..."— Peter Travers (21 Mar 1991, p.86)