The Assassin (also known as Point of No Return) is a 1993 film directed by John Badham. It was co-produced by Art Linson and D. J. Caruso. The screenplay was co-written by Robert Getchell and Alexandra Seros based on the 1990 film, La Femme Nikita written and directed by Luc Besson. The Assassin stars Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer, Anne Bancroft and Harvey Keitel.
The storyline follows Maggie Hayward, a violent and unstable drug addict who murders a police officer. Following her trial she is sentenced to death by lethal injection. Her death is a faked and a secret government agent called Bob, informs her that she has to work for him. Having little choice she agrees and begins an intensive training regime with martial arts and firearms training, but also etiquette training. After a mission goes wrong, the agency sends in Victor, a ‘cleaner’, with instructions to kill everyone and clean the bodies.
Principle photography was filmed in the French Quarter, New Orleans with additional filming completed in Los Angeles and Culver City, California, USA.
When The Assassin was released it received mixed reviews from the critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it currently holds a rating of 48%.
Roger Ebert, who gave the original La Femme Nikita three and a half stars out of four, gave The Assassin three stars, saying: “Point of No Return is actually a fairly effective and faithful adaptation and Bridget Fonda manages the wild identity swings of her role with intensity and conviction, although not the same almost poetic sadness that Anne Parillaud brought to the original movie. If I didn’t feel the same degree of involvement with Point of No Return that I did with Nikita it may be because the two movies are so similar in plot, look, and feel. I had déjà vu all through the movie. There are a few changes, mostly not for the better. By making the heroine’s boyfriend a photographer this time instead of a checkout clerk, the movie loses the poignancy of their relationship; Nikita liked her clerk precisely because he was completely lacking in aggression.”
Commercially, I am unable to determine the true success of The Assassin as the figures for the estimated production budget are unavailable. However, it took $7,160,389 on its opening weekend in the US. It went on to take $30,038,362 in total US box office receipts.
Year of Film
Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Keitel
Origin of Film
Genre(s) of Film
Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Opening Weekend: $7,160,389 (USA)
Gross: $30,038,362 (USA)
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