Léon: The Professional is dense, dark, hilarious, very nineties, but still great.
by MATT STOKES | MARCH 30, 2018
Léon: The Professional
Director: Luc Besson
Leon: Jean Reno
Mathilda: Natalie Portman
Stansfield: Gary Oldman
Tony: Danny Aiello
Malky: Peter Appel
Released: November 18, 1994
Domestic Box Office: $19.5 million
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