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Point of No Return (1993)

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A government fakes the death of a criminal to turn this young woman into a killer on its service.

Director:

John Badham

Writers:

Luc Besson (film La Femme Nikita), Robert Getchell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridget Fonda ... Maggie
Gabriel Byrne ... Bob
Dermot Mulroney ... J.P.
Miguel Ferrer ... Kaufman
Anne Bancroft ... Amanda
Olivia d'Abo ... Angela
Richard Romanus ... Fahd Bahktiar
Harvey Keitel ... Victor the Cleaner
Lorraine Toussaint ... Beth
Geoffrey Lewis ... Drugstore Owner
Mic Rodgers ... Cop
Michael Rapaport ... Big Stan
Ray Oriel Ray Oriel ... Burt
Spike McClure Spike McClure ... Johnny D
Lieux Dressler ... Johnny's Mom
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Storyline

Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top secret U.S. government Agent "Bob" arranges a staged death, so Maggie can be elaborately trained as a killer. She gets a new cover identity as saleswoman Claudia Anne Doran. She also finds a housemate, building super J.P., a broad-minded, gentle photographer. The two fall in love, and that complicates her government assignments. His influence extends to breeding in her a conscience that supplants her violent tendencies, and desire to continue work for the agency. Written by KGF Visser

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The Government gave her a choice. Death. Or life as an assassin. Now, there's no turning back.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl No. 5 See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$30,038,362
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Daryl Hannah were considered for the role of Maggie Hayward. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie jumps back into the Mustang she tosses her purse into the back seat, but it bounces outside the car, the strap catching on the convertible frame. Later she reaches for her purse in the back seat. See more »

Quotes

Bob: [picks up Maggie's album of Nina Simone] Can I take this?
J.P.: Yeah... sure.
J.P.: [pause] You like Nina?
Bob: [after a while] Yeah. I love her.
J.P.: [pause] We'll miss her?
Bob: [gazes at the picture of Maggie on the wall] Yeah. We'll miss her.
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Alternate Versions

Because the original version was rated "Not under 18" in Germany, the film had to be cut to receive a "Not under 16" rating for video release and television broadcast. All scenes in which Victor kills somebody with his pistol were cut out. Also some fighting scenes with Maggie were shortened. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Is the Wind
Written by Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin
Performed by Nina Simone
Courtesy of Polygram Special Markets, a division of Polygram Group Distribution, Inc.
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An excellent example of Hollywood's ability to ruin a good movie concept.
22 December 2001 | by cjekinSee all my reviews

An excellent example of Hollywood's ability to ruin a good movie concept. The original version ('La Femme Nikita') was far more gritty and realistic. The main character is offered a choice between death, or the life of an assassin. As such, she spends most of the film trying to find a way out of her situation. Unfortunately the overuse of high-tech props, sets and special effects have made the entire experience so sanitised that by the end of the film I found myself wishing that a corrupt government would come and kidnap me.


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