Rated: R For violence, language and nudity. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: March 19, 1993 Released by: Warner Brothers
Maggie (Bridget Fonda - Single White Female), a spaced-out drug addict, is arrested for murder after she and two friends shoot up a pharmacy while looking for drugs.
Maggie has little regard for life: sullen, mean and violent, she's sentenced to death.
A covert government agency saves her by offering her like in exchange for her killer instincts.
She's taken under wing and taught etiquette, self-defense, shooting and the finer points of assassination. Gabriel Byrne is in charge of her progress and Anne Bancroft, who plays a somewhat demented Miss Manners, sweet and calm, but with a sharp edge, is in charge of making Maggie into a lady.
Maggie's a quick study and is soon assigned to lowing up hotels and shooting people during a quiet restaurant dinner, all while wearing a smart little cocktail dress and heels -- no small feat!
She's good at her job, but on the outside of the structured classroom-like setting where she's found herself a boyfriend (Dermot Mulroney) and developed a conscience, she wants out of the agency.
Fonda plays her character with a wide range of emotions. She's gritty, bratty and violent, and also fun-loving, caring and remorseful -- and she's very believable at each.
Harvey Keitel is good as a steel-jawed killer nicknamed The Cleaner. He silently goes in after an assassination is botched and cleans up the mess.
Direction John Badham continues the curet trend of women taking on macho roles with this remake of the French film, La Femme Nikita.
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