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The film Nikita, also known as Le Femme Nikita, centers around a young female drug addict named Nikita. Nikita, played by Anne Parillaud, gets arrested when she kills a police officer after a drug store robbery goes bad. She is tried for murder, is convicted and sentenced to life. Once incarcerated, Nikita's mysterious jailers fake her suicide. When she awakens from her false suicide Nikita finds herself confronted with a man named Bob, played by Tchéky Karyo, who explains to her that she is now officially dead and is now under the control of a black budget group called Centre. At this point she can choose to work for Centre as an assassin or her death can be made real. Initially Nikita is reluctant but eventually decides to live as an assassin is the better alternative. To begin her training she is transformed from the junky she was into a femme fatale by a trainer named Amande, played by Jeanne Moreau. It rapidly becomes apparent that Nikita has a talent for killing and will be a stellar assassin. The final test in Nikita's training is an actual assassination of a diplomat under tight security in a public place. Accomplishing the mission she is graduated from pupil to the life of an assassin living a double life. Placed in Paris as a sleeper agent Nikita meets and begins to date a man named Marco, played by Jean-Hugues Anglade, Marco does not know about her double life. All is going along well for Nikita in Paris until a mission at an embassy goes bad and Marco discovers her second life. Concerns for her mental health causes Marco to begin trying to get Nikita to disappear with him. The film Nikita is a Franco/Italian action/thriller released in 1990. The movie was written and directed by Luc Besson, it is rated R and has a run time of 1 hour and 58 minutes.