THE FIFTH ELEMENT
1997, Sony Repertory, 126 min, France, Dir: Luc Besson

Writer-director Luc Besson dreamed up the amazing world of THE FIFTH ELEMENT while in his teens, later turning it into one of the most expensive (and successful) blockbusters ever produced in France. Bruce Willis is flying his taxi through 23rd-century New York City when reconstructed humanoid Milla Jovovich drops into it; she and four stones from ancient Egypt are the only things that can stop an evil power - and its emissary, Gary Oldman - bent on Earth’s destruction. Bursting with eye-popping special effects, costumes and production design, this is an over-the-top sci-fi thrill ride from start to finish!


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.


TRUE ROMANCE
1993, Morgan Creek, 120 min, USA, Dir: Tony Scott

Director Tony Scott and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino collaborate for a characteristically over-the-top, stylishly haywire crime romance, following the explosive marriage of comic store clerk Clarence (Christian Slater) and prostitute Alabama (Patricia Arquette), who inherit a suitcase of cocaine on their wedding day. When the couple tries to sell the drugs, a slew of Hollywood’s hardest and most flamboyant gangsters (including Christopher Walken, James Gandolfini and Gary Oldham) starts gunning for the star-crossed lovers. With an estimable and delightfully tweaked-out supporting cast headed by Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt and Samuel L. Jackson.


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