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Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, The 250 is a fortnightly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released every second Saturday at 6pm GMT, with the occasional bonus episode between them.
This time, Luc Besson’s Léon: The Professional.
The tale of a professional assassin who takes in a young girl following the brutal murder of her family, Léon: The Professional is an action thriller featuring performances from Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and a very young Natalie Portman.
At time of recording, it was ranked the 27th best movie of all time on the Internet Movie Database.
- The version watched for the podcast was the Version Intégrale, the extended cut with twenty-six minutes of footage added to the theatrical cut that was released in the United States. This was the first time Andrew had seen that cut of the film. The differences are listed here.
- Recorded 11th September 2016.
- Léon: The Professional at The Internet Movie Database.
- The IMDB 250 as it appeared at time of recording.
- Lisa Nesselson at Variety explores the differences between the theatrical and extended cuts, July 1996.
- Excerpts from Gary Oldman’s interview with Playboy, June 2014.
- Screenrant discusses the possibility of a Léon focusing on Mathilda, August 2010.
- IndieWire interview with Luc Besson, July 2014.