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Point of No Return (Keepcase) (1998)

Anne Bancroft , Bridget Fonda , John Badham  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

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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: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GHHHJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,809 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Point of No Return (Keepcase)" on IMDb

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Bridget Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Gabriel Byrne. A slick remake of the French film La Femme Nikita about a female street punk forced to become a professional assassin. 1993/color/109 min/R/fullscreen.

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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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30 of 34 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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71 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Bridget and Nina... April 30, 2000
Format:DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get some popcorn, and settle in for fun. March 27, 2001
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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
Format:DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another descent American Action Film July 16, 1999
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Format:DVD
This film can be categorized as another good American action film. The neat thing about it is that there is no muscle bound male hero, or some major martial arts master. It is an ex-addict, cop killing, good looking Bridget Fonda.
I find this film to be a good one when I am in the need of an action flick. Sure it may just be an average action movie, but watching Fonda run around killing people isn't too hard on the eyes.
I found Point Of No Return quite refreshing.
The DVD has a really nice menu interface. Too bad there aren't many features. A commentary would have been nice, but all we get is the trailer.
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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
Format:Blu-ray
*** 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Violent and Stupid
This is a crazy violent film that was over written. Bridgette Fonda, who usually is a total babe, looks beat down and ugly in this film.
Published 9 days ago by Ismail
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This woman is unreal, lol. Don't want to be her enemy.
Published 16 days ago by JEROME
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 20 days ago by Cisse Sissoko
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 24 days ago by Mike Ognibene
5.0 out of 5 stars Bad Ass
Bridget Fonda is clearly a talented actress. She goes from drug addict to assassin, and eventually makes her way out
Published 1 month ago by Bridget Peno Kinney
4.0 out of 5 stars Have always enjoyed this movie.
This is one of my favorite flicks starring Bridget Fonda. I never saw the European original, so I can't compare this one to that one.
Published 3 months ago by B. Frei
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun flick
Bridget Fonda is charming in this action-packed romp. Gabriel Byrne also turns in a fantastic performance. This one is worth your time.
Published 3 months ago by cowgirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Anticlimactic
Part of the fascination is wondering how they'll end it, when the protagonist is already dead, legally. But she's the hero, see, so she needs to come out the other end somehow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Skip Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars While Ann still owns every picture - another Fonda's climbing to...
Maggie - force of nature - violence personified
Ugly duckling turned into a swan
Her nuances - mesmerizing
Best line: "I'll never kiss you again"... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kandy Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie!
This movie depicts women as strong....... but more importantly quick-learners, adaptable, and smart - NOT REACTIVE!
We don't need to show all our cards and be overly dramatic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maureen A Breiland
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