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Point of No Return (Keepcase) (1998)

Anne Bancroft , Bridget Fonda , John Badham  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Anne Bancroft, Bridget Fonda, Dermot Mulroney, Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel
  • Directors: John Badham
  • Writers: Robert Getchell, Alexandra Seros
  • Producers: Art Linson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GUILTY PLEASURE March 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, La Femme Nikita is the real classic. But after repeated viewings on cable, this movie sneaks up on you. For all of its commercial hype and fake glamour, there are guilty pleasures throughout, not the least of which is the emotional core of the relationship between Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne. Dermot Mulroney is also winning in his underwritten role. The wild premise survives the remake, because it is just so compelling and dramatic, and Anne Bancroft steals every scene she appears in. Give it a try, on its own terms.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action, romance a winner January 20, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bridget Fonda is outstanding in this role. Good mix of tense action and romance. I have recommended it to several friends and they all love it too. It's even better the 2nd time you watch it. It doesn't get stale.
I also "love Nina".
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71 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Bridget and Nina... April 30, 2000
Although lacking in some respects compared to the French original (you end up hoping that Bridget as assassin will pulverize her whimpering boyfriend with one of those big, big machine guns), Bridget Fonda as the star and Nina Simone with the soulful soundtrack give this movie the edge over La femme Nikita in at least two important departments. Bridget's performance here amazes me every time I see it--simultaneously believable as a feverishly trained assassin and a tragic hero so cute you just want to reach out and pinch her cheeks. But the highest marks go to the soundtrack. The writers of the adaptation wove in Nina Simone as a motif throughout the movie, well-complemented by 5 Nina songs, including "Feeling Good" and a cover of "Here Comes the Sun" tracked to the "relationship" scenes that /ALMOST/ make you forget how much you'd like Bridget to terminate her relationship with extreme prejudice..... Provides soulful reflection absent from the French original, and worth watching more than a few times for that reason alone. Pretentious naysayers say this remake has gone through the Hollywood ringer, but it's an A+ action-flick-plus-morality-tale spun before Quentin Tarantino made it socially acceptable for PBS-watchers to admit they like 'em. Give it a chance.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get some popcorn, and settle in for fun. March 27, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Well, some of the reviewers of this picture have said the original was better, but I disagree. This is just a fun, fast, exciting picture, with a terrific perfor- mance by Bridget Fonda and an even better script than the original.
Also, the use of Nina Simone's music puts this picture miles ahead of the first one--it makes the music an equivalent of Fonda's soul--the suffering and passion we hear in Nina Simone's music is what's going on in Bridget Fonda's heart. It's a dynamite movie. You will be damned happy you watched it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Never Underestimate Women April 10, 2009
I think Bridget Fonda does a really good job in this remake of the French movie, "La Femme Nikita". She's very believable in the action scenes and Gabriel Byrne & Harvey Keitel are always great in any movie. I loved seeing Anne Bancroft - she was, as always, superb! The best thing about this movie for me was introducing me to Nina Simone! I had never heard of her before, but when I heard her music (Bridget's character listened to her on her headphones) I had to hear more - I just love Nina's music! Some say the American remakes of foreign films never live up to the original, but I believe this one's worth watching - especially if you've thought women can't handle the tough jobs as well as men.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Blu Ray Hall-of-Shamer... December 1, 2009
*** BLU RAY 2009 REVIEW ***

If ever a disc was a textbook example of how NOT to present BLU RAY, then "Point Of No Return" (called "The Assassin" in Europe) is it.

The print is awful almost the whole way through. There's blocking everywhere, blurriness and clearly no attempt to restore the film. Depressingly this release on BLU RAY only accentuates how badly filmed it was in the first place - in short its worse on this format than it was on DVD. It's not as bad as "The French Connection" or "2010" on BLU RAY (see reviews), but it's close. There are no extras either. Personally, I've always liked the movie, but I wanted a better copy of it - and this is NOT it.

This shoddy release only reconfirms the worst fears of movie fans - film companies are throwing any amount of crap at the BLU RAY wall at the moment to bolster up the sales numbers - and it's being done without any care being given to the release.

Even if you're a lover of the movie, hire it first before you buy - 20 minutes in and you'll be too disappointed to reach for the credit card...

"The Assassin/Point of No Return" on BLU RAY is a very real reason as to why Amazon reviews exist.

One to avoid I'm afraid.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Action Drama October 8, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I liked this movie. Fonda does a good job of portraying the drug addict/murderer, Nikita, who is sentenced to death for killing a police officer. She is 'saved' from her death sentence at the last minute by an ultra-covert government agency that allows her to live if she agrees to become an assassin/agent for the agency. To be useful to the agency, Nikita has to be 'civilized' so that she can pass as a normal person in society. She spends a year at the agency's camp, learning how to be a 'lady' and also learning the skills of an assassin. When Fonda's character is finally released into the real world, she meets a man and falls in love with him. Fonda's character IS transformed (by the agency and by love) -- but in the process of becoming 'civilized', she develops a conscience and finds herself less and less able to do the nasty work that the agency demands of her.
I think that all of the actors do a credible job in this film. Gabriel Byrne, as Fonda's control agent, is a perfect combination of cruelty and kindness. Fonda is great -- her character has to have an 'edge' but at the same time, she has to show the growing vulnerability of the 'civilized' Nikita. She makes the character believeable.
And as another reviewer said, the Nina Simone soundtrack adds alot to this film.
In conclusion, you will be entertained by this movie. And by the end, despite the main character's despicable behavior at the opening of the story, you are rooting for her and hoping that she will find a way to escape the agency and to live a normal life.
Watch this movie -- you won't regret it!
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Despite its 90's vintage, it does not appear out of date. Good thriller.
Published 48 minutes ago by David Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
This is a movie that I owned several years ago on tape. I really loved it and bought it in DVD so I could see it again. I still love it! Read more
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Love this movie. From zero to hero and then freedom!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One the better movies I have ever seen.
Published 7 days ago by Jimmy Czajkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. I always liked Bridget Fonda.
Published 9 days ago by Shopping 101
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic ! A movie everyone can relate to !
A true classic ! A movie everyone can relate to, even more so in these days and times of terrorism. This is truly what America should do to win the war on terrorism !
Published 14 days ago by THE GODFATHER
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Fonda was the best but last of the great Fonda acting family
Bridget Fonda was the best but last of the great Fonda acting family. She never got the recognition nor roles she deserved. Read more
Published 20 days ago by gerald f vaughn
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes its a good story the acting I thought was so-so along with ...
The movie was fair. I've gotten spoiled with the quality of Netflex streaming and the dvd format just doesn't have a lot of life and neither does the movie. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Nikita Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bridget Fonda's best movie. IMHO. She was beautiful and a bad ass all at once.
Published 1 month ago by David Ross
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