La Femme Nikita (film)

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La Femme Nikita,[lower-alpha 1] also called Nikita in France, is a 1990 French-language action thriller film written and directed by Luc Besson. The film stars Anne Parillaud as the title character, a teen criminal who is convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering policemen during an armed pharmacy robbery. Her government handlers fake her death and recruit her as a professional assassin. After intense training, she starts a career as a killer, where she struggles to balance her work with her personal life. She shows talent at this and her career progresses until a mission in an embassy goes awry.

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La Femme Nikita
French theatrical release poster
Directed byLuc Besson
Written byLuc Besson
Produced byPatrice Ledoux[1]
CinematographyThierry Arbogast
Edited byOlivier Mauffroy[1]
Music byÉric Serra
  • Gaumont
  • Les Films Du Loup
  • Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica
Distributed byGaumont (France)
Penta Distribuzione (Italy)
Release dates
  • 21 February 1990 (1990-02-21) (France)
  • 17 August 1990 (1990-08-17) (Italy)
Running time
117 minutes[2]
  • France
  • Italy
Budget39 million F

Nikita was commercially successful, but received mixed reviews from critics. It was remade as Black Cat (1991) in Hong Kong, Point of No Return (1993) in Hollywood, and in Bollywood as Kartoos (1999). Two English-language television series were produced based on the film, La Femme Nikita (1997–2001) and Nikita (2010–2013).