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The Ref (1994)

A cat burglar is forced to take a bickering, dysfunctional family hostage on Christmas Eve.

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Cast

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Gus
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Murray
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Gary
Phillip Nicoll ...
John
Ellie Raab ...
Mary
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George
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Steve
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Phil
Herbie Ade ...
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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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They might be his hostages but what they're doing to this guy is criminal. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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11 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy híján túsz  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,439,193 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie on the television watched by the cops at the station is It's a Wonderful Life (1946). See more »

Goofs

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

Lloyd: Mary, gag your grandma.
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Connections

Features A Christmas Carol (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Broken Circles
Written and Produced by Ke Grivois, Bruce Roberts & Maurice Gallegos
Performed by Ke Grivois
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Judy Davis steals this thing
20 October 1999 | by (Providence, RI) – See all my reviews

Judy Davis is wonderful as Caroline Chasseur, with her facial expressions, quick comebacks, and excellent lines. Kevin Spacey, who usually commands the most attention in a film, knows he's dealing with a pro with a role made for her, and is wonderful as her sad, angry husband Lloyd.

The script could use some fine-tuning and Denis Leary is just OK in his role as hostage taker Gus.

However, if you're looking for anti-Christmas spirit, the Ref is the perfect dark comedy and is clever and hilarious in many of its scenes. 7 of 10.


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