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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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Gary Chasseur
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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9 March 1994 (USA)  »

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 only fires his gun once in the entire film. It was fired at the smoke detector to stop it from beeping. See more »

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At one point while in the car after taking Lloyd and Caroline hostage, tail lights disappear behind Gus in the rear view window. See more »

Quotes

Gus: Soooo... got any cigarettes?
Lloyd: I don't smoke and Caroline just quit.
Gus: Really? Just quit, huh?
Caroline: [she nods her head yes]
Gus: So... where are they?
Caroline: What do you mean?
Gus: Where aaare they, Caroliiiiine?
Caroline: [sighs] They're behind the chessboard.
Lloyd: What? You lied to me! You said you were finished!
Caroline: I said I hadn't finished a cigarette. I take a couple drags, I don't inhale.
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O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Arranged by Nat 'King' Cole & Edith Bergdahl
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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The best Christmas Night movie, EVER!
17 October 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

For years now, I have been able to rely on a twisted programmer at local station CFTO for the perfect antidote to a Christmas overdose to show up, right on schedule, Christmas night, or, at worst, Boxing Day Night.

This movie probably isn't as funny if you aren't already full up to your eyeballs with stockings and chestnuts and carols, but on Christmas night, this movie will have you in stitches.

The lengthy set-piece when the family finally sits down to Judy Davis' traditional Scandinavian Christmas feast has me laughing out loud every time I see it. Think: Long Day's Journey Into Night on coke. Seriously. (But in a funny way.)

Plus: Any movie that contains the line "I just punched out Santa Claus. Don't f**k with me," or words to that effect is a movie with it's heart in such a very wrong place that you just have to love it.


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