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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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Murray
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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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,439,193 (USA)
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The movie on television, watched by the cops at the station, is It's a Wonderful Life (1946). 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 »

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Gus: I have a gun, it's loaded, shut up.
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an incredibly funny dysfunctional Christmas
1 December 2004 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

i think that this is one of the most hilarious Christmas movies i have ever seen.

first, it is a perfect role for Denis Leary, who really runs with it. Second,the dysfunctional couple, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis are fantastic, battling back and forth, the whole movie, as their lies and secrets are slowly unveiled, with help by Leary. Finally, Glynis johns, as the mother would make you long to be an orphan. Although she does not have much screen time, some of the funniest lines in the movie happen at her instigation.

And i like the movie ending better than the one Dehme originally planned(with Leary being caught by the police.)


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