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Nikita

original film poster
Directed by Luc Besson
Produced by Patrice Ledoux (uncredited)
Written by Luc Besson
Starring Anne Parillaud
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Tchéky Karyo
Music by Éric Serra
Distributed by Gaumont
Release date(s) February 21, 1990 (1990-02-21) (France)
Running time 115 min.
Language French
Gross revenue $5,017,971 (domestic)[1]

Nikita is a 1990 French action film written and directed by Luc Besson, released in the U.S. as La Femme Nikita.[1][2][3]

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Plot

Nikita Taylor (Anne Parillaud) is a teenage delinquent and heroin addict who participates in robbing the pharmacy of the parents of a fellow junkie. The robbery goes awry, degenerating into a gunfight with local police during which her cohorts are killed. Suffering severe withdrawal symptoms, she shoots a policeman. Nikita is arrested, tried, convicted of murder, and imprisoned for life, with parole considered after thirty years.

In prison, she is drugged to simulate a death sentence; she awakens in a nondescript room. A well-dressed, hard man (Tchéky Karyo) enters and reveals that, although officially dead and buried after suicide by overdose, she is in custody of the DGSE, the French intelligence agency. She is given a choice: work as a DGSE assassin or "Row 8, place 30" (location of her fake grave): be killed and buried for real. After some resistance, she chooses the former and proves to be a talented killer. One of her trainers, Amande (Jeanne Moreau), transforms her from a degenerate drug addict to a femme fatale; Amande was also rescued and recruited by the DGSE.

Her initiation mission, killing a diplomat in a crowded restaurant and escaping back to the Centre, is the film's highlight; she is graduated and begins life as a sleeper agent in Paris with her boyfriend (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a man she meets in a supermarket and who knows nothing of her real profession.

Her assassin's career continues well, until an embassy document-theft goes awry, requiring the ruthless participation of 'Victor: The Cleaner' (Jean Reno) in destroying the mission's evidence and all corpses; The Cleaner is wounded and dies; Nikita abandons the Agency, the city of Paris, and her supermarket cashier boyfriend.

Reception

Nikita received relatively poor reviews by critics both in France[4] and abroad. On Metacritic where the overall rating by the critics is 56% .[5]

However, a number of critics, including Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, positively reviewed the film.[2][3]

Remake

In 1993, Warner Bros. remade Nikita in English as Point of No Return (The Assassin), directed by John Badham and starring Bridget Fonda. Nikita also inspired the 1991 Hong Kong action film Black Cat, which closely follows the original film’s storyline.

TV series

A TV series based on the film, titled La Femme Nikita was created in 1997. It was produced in Canada by Warner Bros. and Fireworks Entertainment. The series ran for five seasons on USA Network, and generated a sizeable cult following of its own. It was created by Joel Surnow, who later co-created 24 with fellow La Femme Nikita executive consultant Robert Cochran. It starred Peta Wilson as Nikita and Roy Dupuis.

In 2010, it was announced that CW would revamp the series with Maggie Q in talks to play the title character.[6]

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Wiktionary

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Translingual

Proper noun

Nikita

  1. A romanization of the Russian male given name Никита.

English

Etymology

A Russian male given name, Никита, fom Ancient Greek saints' name Aniketos "unconquerable", made known in the West by Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet Union leader in 1953-1964. It was understood as a form of Nicholas and taken up as a girls' name first in French and then in English.

Proper noun

Singular
Nikita

Plural
-

Nikita

  1. A female given name.

French

Proper noun

Nikita f.

  1. A female given name







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