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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Natacha Kirilova
Bernard Bloch ...
Dominic Gugliametti ...
Clown Ice Skater
Alan Beckworth ...
Clown Ice Skater


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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was filmed in Super 35 despite "Filmed in Panavision" being listed in the end credits. This has confused some people, however Panavision is a company which makes cameras and lenses and many films are made with Panavision equipment which are not not necessarily "Panavision" in the sense of "shot with an anamorphic lens made by Panavision". See more »


In the story a bullet goes through De Niro's bullet proof vest. He states it is because the bullet was sprayed with Teflon. Teflon will not cause a bullet to defeat a bulletproof vest. Teflon is used to protect and lube the barrel of a gun when firing steel core ammo. Steel core ammo may defeat a bullet proof vest but without lube it will wear out the barrel. See more »


Sam: You aren't going in there?
Spence: Yeah I'm going in there, and so are you.
Sam: Why am I going in there?
Spence: Why? To protect me!
Sam: There is no protection there. If it's a come on we're fish in a barrel. What are you doing? Why do they want you in there? What are you, crazy?
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User Reviews

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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