The Professional (Extended Cut)

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8.52 h 12 min1994R
Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman and Danny Aiello star in THE PROFESSIONAL, a go-for-broke thriller about a professional assassin whose work becomes dangerously personal. OR if you need a shorter version go with: A go-for-broke thriller about a professional assassin whose work becomes dangerously personal.
Directors
Luc Besson
Starring
Jean RenoGary OldmanNatalie Portman
Genres
SuspenseDramaAction
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Danny Aiello
Producers
Luc Besson
Studio
Columbia Pictures
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

2329 global ratings

  1. 86% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 1% of reviews have 1 stars
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YamabushiReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Innocent love
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Wow. I loved the movie. I've heard about this movie when it came out after watching "La femme Nikita" but didn't watch "Leon" till now. We all watched Natalie Portman grew as an actress in many films, but honestly I think this maybe her best acting of all time. I really loved the film plot of Leon and Mathilda's innocent love (not romantic or sexual) towards each other grew as they become the partners in crime. The last words to each other after Leon convinced Mathilda to leave him and go down the escape were, "I love you", "I love you too". The film touches the dimension of love that is hard to describe but we all know the feeling, beyond the father/daughter love but not romantic love and definitely not sexual. It's like "adorable" attractions from two different life/ages. Glad I watched it!
9 people found this helpful
DeepyPupReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Extended version is smooth and perfect
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I greatly enjoyed the short version a long time ago, and then saw the extended version yesterday. Both experiences were wonderful, but the extended version is richer and more coherent and astonishingly enjoyable. In the short version there are scenes that seem jarring or out of place, but in the extended version these scenes emerge naturally from a more sufficient context, and one is able to absorb undisturbed the virtuoso acting and camera work. Because of its smooth continuity, the extended version allows one to lose oneself in the film, so it paradoxically _feels_ shorter than the short version, while provoking frequent smiles of appreciation. It is easily in my top 5 films of all time.
28 people found this helpful
kingmiReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Extended cut is superior to an already excellent classic
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Great movie! I watched the regular cut of this movie twice (but the last time was over a decade ago). I was going to watch it again, mainly because how much I liked this. I never knew there was an extended cut, so instantly rented it. The extended cut is a superior film - and that is considering how much I liked the original one.

The extended cut delves a bit more in to the feelings between Mathilda and Leon. A lot more on how Mathilda feels. It probably can make a lot of people uncomfortable. I would say it would be more uncomfortable to the general American audience as we don't usually get exposed to it as much. Having said that...it is totally realistic to understand the emotions Mathilda has. It can also make Leon a bit more complicated - and his reactions seem to be a bit more real to me.

I think the extended cut is well worth viewing.
17 people found this helpful
Robert W WelkerReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
extended cut much better picture.
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The extended cut of this picture is about 12 minutes longer. It manily involves the interaction between leon and the girl. It adds more depth to the movie. The movie is a R for sure. no sex stuff or nudity. Adverage amount of bad words for this kind of movie. No drug usage but the start is about drug sales.A lot of killing but not as much as some of todays movies. Leon is brutal in this movie protecting the girl. ( Natalie Portmans first movie she is about 11) Excellent kind of hitman movie.
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Cheapskater999Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An absolute MUST-SEE for any connoisseur of film
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I like this longer extended cut much more than the shorter "Americanized" versions. In fact this one is actually MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME. It's simply outstanding on every level and is an absolute MUST-SEE for any connoisseur of film. Every performance is, for my taste, as perfect as can be and matches the brilliant concept, script, direction, photography, editing, music, etc. But don't take my word for it. With over 2,000 reviews of the other Amazon shorter-versions, the 5-star ratings run at 70%... which is extraordinary! If you haven't seen any version yet, forget everything you think you might know about Natalie Portman. Jean Reno and Natalie and the rest of the cast in THIS movie will knock your socks off.
15 people found this helpful
Real AlReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not What You Think
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You have to view the complete, uncut version to appreciate this. It's not what the edited version leads you to feel and believe. It is deeper, and more honest, UnCut. Great acting by Reno and Portman. Never dull, never slow. When it ended, I felt the World has its own way over evening the score...ENJOY
2 people found this helpful
EGALITARIANReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
EXTENDED CUT: The Professionals -GREAT PERFORMANCE BY JEAN RENO
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Very happy that this extended cut version of THE PROFESSIONAL was available on Amazon.

Jean Reno delivers a superb performance as the hit-man [cleaner] who becomes the reluctant rescuer/guardian and trainer of a twelve year-old girl, played by a young Natalie Portman who yearns to learn the trade and skill of a "cleaner", to avenge the murder of her young brother.

Entertaining, despite the violence ... and the wacky performance by Gary Oldman. *I assume Oldman was preparing for his lead role in his next film, Immortal Beloved - as the tormented, Ludwig van Beethoven,

Respectfully,

Maizie Lucille James
February 18, 2017
9 people found this helpful
Hank PashaReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Before setting out to seek revenge, dig two graves; and bring along a cute 12 year-old who's tougher than everybody else.
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Luc Besson possesses one of the most original minds in the movie industry. In this movie he manages to create a reverse Kafkaesque Universe wherein nihilism is the norm, and yet conventional normalcy forms the background and in the end, love will out. Natalie Portman is the Red Balloon against the gray background of drugs and death. The writing, the presentation, the filming, the dialogue and particularly the acting are all stellar. This is the best gangster / corrupt cops / drugs / revenge movies ever made.
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