Re-Experience The Violent Beauty Of ‘The Professional’

07.30.15 3 years ago 10 Comments

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In 1994, The Professional captivated audiences with the story of a solitary hitman named Leon (Jean Reno, who is celebrating his 67th birthday on Thursday) who took a recently orphaned neighbor (Natalie Portman) under his wing to teach her the ways of his trade while simultaneously working to take out a crew of corrupt DEA agents led by the eccentric Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman).

Over the past two decades, the action thriller has become a cult classic as a result of its writing, cinematography, and the on-screen chemistry between Reno and a young Portman.

It’s brutal, it’s beautiful, and the only way to truly celebrate it is to really highlight the moments (not just quotes) that make this film special.

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