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The Ref (1994)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  9 March 1994 (USA)
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A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

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Storyline

Denis Leary plays an unfortunate cat burglar, who is abandonded by his partner in the middle of a heist, and is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple (Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis) hostage. He soon finds that he took more than he bargained for when the couple's blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they're driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences, before he can be nabbed by the police. Written by Nick D. <ndoherty@imt.net>

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He's taken them hostage. They're driving him nuts. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,439,193 (USA)
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Denis Leary's line "Lady, your husband ain't dead. He's hiding!" is a direct quote of a line from the classic Abbott and Costello routine "Susquehanna Hat Company". See more »

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The candle headpieces burn down faster at some times than at others. See more »

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Gus: Look kid... what I do, running around, stealing stuff, may sound great when you're fourteen years old, but it sucks just a little bit when you're thirty-five. No house. No family. I got a partner who's fifty... he still can't understand why they took "Happy Days" off the air.
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Features A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »

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Arranged by Nat 'King' Cole & Edith Bergdahl
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Extremely funny
24 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

I laughed like hell during this movie. Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey fit their roles perfectly and their first scene, with B.D. Wong, gets the movie off on the right foot. It only gets funnier after that. This is the only movie I can tolerate Denis Leary in; I find him very annoying and smug normally. This movie should be on television every Christmas!


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