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In a grim future America, Maggie (Bridget Fonda), a beautiful young street punk, is about to be executed for killing a cop during a robbery, and is given the choice between death or becoming a government assassin. She accepts the latter and is trained in all manner of martial (and feminine) arts. She ably carries out her deadly assignments, and is groomed to become a powerful killer. Maggie is given a new identity, becomes the seductive Claudia, and is sent to Venice, California, where she begins her new life. But the training takes only too well: the formerly amoral murderess proceeds to fall in love with a photographer (Dermot Mulroney) and develop a conscience. Now she wants out, but the government isn't about to let her go without a fight. Director John Badham's remake of French director Luc Besson's LA FEMME NIKITA is a stylish and thrilling adaptation, featuring a solid performance from Bridget Fonda.
Harvey Keitel - American Actor/Producer
Anne Bancroft - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anna Maria Louise Italiano - American actress, THE GRADUATE
Anne Marno - American actress, THE GRADUATE
John Badham - Director
Bridget Fonda - American actress, SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
Gabriel Byrne - Irish Actor - Miller's Crossing/The Man in the Iron Mask
Art Linson - Producer/Director
Robert Getchell - American Screenwriter
Dermot Mulroney - American Actor
In director John Badham's POINT OF NO RETURN, a beautiful street junkie is transformed into a professional assassin by a government agency, but even as her life turns around, she has second thoughts about her deadly occupation. This is a remake of the French film LA FEMME NIKITA.
Theatrical release: March 19, 1993. Shot on location in Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; and New Orleans, Louisiana. POINT OF NO RETURN is based on the 1990 French film LA FEMME NIKITA, written and directed by Luc Besson and starring Anne Parillaud. The films LA FEMME NIKITA and POINT OF NO RETURN inspired a TV series, LA FEMME NIKITA, which premiered on the USA cable network in early 1997. Director John Badham, makes a cameo appearance as a room-service waiter. The director of photography, Michael Watkins, makes a cameo appearance as the last guard at the gate during the escape.
"...[This remake] still packs a wallop, as does its heroine...[Fonda] fits in effortlessly..." - 03/19/1993 New York Times, p.C10
"...[Keitel] is truly chilling..." - 04/15/1993 Rolling Stone, p.69-72
"...Keitel oozes menace..." - 03/19/1993 USA Today, p.8D
"...Nonstop action..." - 01/13/1995 Entertainment Weekly, p.67
"...Bridget Fonda manages the wild identity-swings of her role with intensity and conviction..." - 03/19/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.43