THE PROFESSIONAL
LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL
1994, Sony Repertory, 110 min, France, Dir: Luc Besson

When corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman) murders her family, 12-year-old Mathilda (Natalie Portman, in her feature debut) takes refuge with neighbor Léon (Jean Reno). She soon discovers that her protector is a hitman - and begs him to teach her the tricks of the trade so that she can exact revenge on Stansfield. The growing relationship between the introverted assassin and his young protégé is at the heart of this stylish, ultra-kinetic crime thriller, which earned seven César nominations.


MOONSTRUCK
1987, Park Circus, 102 min, USA, Dir: Norman Jewison

Bring me the big knife!” This wonderfully lunatic comic gem from screenwriter John Patrick Shanley stars Cher as Loretta Castorini, a sexy, smart-mouthed widow who’s resigned herself to an upcoming marriage to terminally indecisive Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello) - until Johnny’s wildly passionate, one-handed brother Ronny (Nicolas Cage) professes his undying love for her. Academy Award winner for Best Actress (Cher), Supporting Actress (Olympia Dukakis) and Screenplay (Shanley).


HUDSON HAWK
1991, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Lehmann

Bruce Willis is Eddie “Hudson Hawk” Hawkins, a master burglar who’s just been paroled from prison when he’s caught up in an international chase for a machine that transmutes lead into gold. The machine was designed by Leonardo da Vinci, who hid parts of it in his artwork, and it’s up to Hudson and his partner (Danny Aiello) to piece all it together. But with the Mafia, the CIA, the Vatican and the evil Mayflower Industries after him, it’s anybody’s guess whether the Hawk will get shot down or fly free. A roller coaster ride that swings from dynamic action sequences to outlandish humor, HUDSON HAWK swaggers with Willis’ signature brio (the actor cowrote the story). With James Coburn and Andie MacDowell.


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