Brian M. Raftery
November 16, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Professional

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
110 minutes
performer
Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Jean Reno, Danny Aiello
director
Luc Besson
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Luc Besson
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Ostensibly the story of Eddie Brown, a quiet Bronx-bred pugilist with a shot at the middleweight title, The Professional is a boxing tale that barely sets foot in the ring, focusing instead on Brown’s battle-scarred manager and fellow fighters. Heinz trims away the descriptive fat with a lean style that almost reads like testimony, and his love of conversation leads The Professional to the bars and the locker rooms, where the underlying hopelessness of these characters hits the reader right in the gut.

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