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The serpentine plotline of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita begins its 117-minute slither when punkish, psychotic, and drug-ridden Nikita (Anne Parillaud) fires her gun into a cop's face following the stick-up of a drug store, and is promptly imprisoned. She is thrown into a dank cell, then injected with a substance and told it is a lethal toxin. Instead of dying, however, the comes to in an all-white interrogation room, where French intelligence officer Bob (Tchéky Karyo), informs her that an alternate to execution exists: she can receive covert government training as an assassin. She accepts the bid, is rigorously trained, and later returns to society as a seemingly normal and gentle civilian, but falls in love with a drugstore employee while she's waiting for that first government assignment. The paradoxical concept of a young woman blossoming socially while carrying out cold-blooded murders was downplayed when La Femme Nikita was remade in America as the silly and disappointing Point of No Return, directed by John Badham with Bridget Fonda in the lead. A far less sociopathic TV-series version of La Femme Nikita surfaced on the USA cable network in early 1997. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 1, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Anne Parillaud Best Actress 1990 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Luc Besson
Director
Jean Bouise
Producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori
Producer
Nicholas Seydoux
Producer
Mario Cecchi Gori
Producer
Luc Besson
Screenwriter
Thierry Arbogast
Cinematographer
Eric Serra
Composer (Music Score)
Olivier Mauffroy
Editor
Dan Weil
Production Designer
Julie Sfez
Set Designer
Jérôme Chalou
Line Producer
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