The professional

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  1. Chad Isaacs

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    I recently added this wonderful movie to my collection.I cannot believe I have never seen it before,it came highly reccomended.One day I will search out the full version but this is all I could find at the time and it was under $15.
    My quesition is this,why does Leon drink so much milk?Is that sort of like,what is in the brief case in Pulp Fiction?
    I guess I have an idea,because he is so physically fit and disicplined.Somebody else said to make his character softer.
    Any other ideas?
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    I concur that the version to get is the original uncut Léon, which was edited down and retitled "The Professional" here in America. You'd be amazed what an additional 20 minutes or so can add to a film. Definitely a stunner. (This version also has an isolated score.)
     
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    Another vote here for the International Version-a completely different movie and much better with the added footage. It makes a huge difference.
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    I believe it serves several functions. In many ways, Leon acts like a child. Seeing his awkwardness with Mathilda would almost make you believe he's never been in a relationship (which is dispelled in the Leon : Integral Edition). Having an assassin being an excessive milk drinker just adds to the wonderfully anachronistic nature of the film, equally matched by the romantic core of the film wrapped in a tragic action film.
    I love this movie, and can find few faults with it. Certainly a top tier action film in it's own right.
     
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    The milk serves the same function as Leons relationship with the plant, it's a dichotmy. He kills, but he cares about his own health and the health of his plant. He lives in a world unto himself. I assume there is a GREAT backstory with the Danny Aiello character and some Mob involvement, etc.
     
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    Here's another question/obversation about Leon/The Professional. Slight spoilers so....
    Was Danny Aiello's character manipulating Leon? For instance, when Leon wants to get his money and leave Tony tries to talk him out of it and offers to give him just a little bit of money. Was this truly because he cared about Leon or because he did not have the money to give him? A similar thing happens at the end with Mathilda.
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    quote: Was Danny Aiello's character manipulating Leon? For instance, when Leon wants to get his money and leave Tony tries to talk him out of it and offers to give him just a little bit of money. Was this truly because he cared about Leon or because he did not have the money to give him? A similar thing happens at the end with Mathilda.[/quote]
    Excellent question. I was wondering of the same thing myself. But you do get a very strong impression that Tony is using Leon and spending the money on himself, much like Teddy in Memento.
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    He was using Leon and I believe he has no intention of giving money to Mathilda.
     
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    My interpretation also was that Tony was using Leon and had no intention of paying him everything that was owed.
    This is a great "hidden gem" film.
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    I don't think that Tony was totally cold hearted. At the end, I think he had Mathilda's best interests in mind when he refuses to let her become a cleaner like Leon, even if he was pretty hard on her.
     
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    Being a resident of Europe, I've never seen anything other than FULL UNCUT version. So what did they hack off for the US cut and why?
     
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    Paul, read my previous post.
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