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Ronin (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  25 September 1998 (USA)
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A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians.



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Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind, whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (undoubtedly from Ireland) hires several Ronin to form a team in order to retrieve an important suitcase from a man who is about to sell it to the Russians. After the mission has been completed successfully, the suitcase immediately gets switched by a member of the team who seems to work into his own pocket. The complex net of everyone tricking everyone begins to surface slowly, and deadly... Written by Julian Reischl <>

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Loyalty is bought, betrayal is a way of life... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ронин  »

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,697,641 (USA) (25 September 1998)


$41,609,593 (USA) (12 February 1999)

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Stunning car chases!! great movie!
20 February 2002 | by (Marlow, England) – See all my reviews

This thriller from veteren John Frankenheimer is pure excellence, the script, acting and action are top draw. De Niro and Reno are brilliant in this as of course you would expect from two such excellent actors. The action scenes are pulse pounding and particularly excellent are the car chases, probably the best ever. Not only did the stunt guys risk their lives but the guys shooting the action captured some truly thrilling close up view from the cars as they speed along. The action also carries a certain degree of realism to it, the shootouts are sensible and the car chases and crashes seem very genuine no massive corkscrewing threw the air like most car chases or cars jumping 100 feet in the air like in Gone in 60 seconds, which is all very good but not for this sort of thriller. The pacing of the film was great and there was a constant chilling atmosphere. As I said before Robert De Niro and Jean Reno were exceptional particularly in their scenes together. The support cast are good too with a brief but excellent display from Sean Bean and Natasha Mchelhone and Jonathan Pryce are both good as Irish terrosists with comendable accents. All in all a very god way to spend a few hours.

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