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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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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$41,609,593 (USA) (12 February 1999)
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David Mamet worked on the film as a script doctor. He significantly re-wrote the script, making major changes to character and dialogue from J.D. Zeik's original. There was a dispute between the studio, the director and the WGA over the credit, with MGM and the WGA insisting that Zeik be given story credit and billing over Mamet. They wouldn't back down and so Mamet asked that his name either be removed or placed under a pseudonym. The credits of the film now read as "Story by J.D. Zeik. Screenplay by J.D. Zeik and Richard Wiesz". See more »

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The Audi in the Nice car chase alternates between an A8 and a S8 (should be S8 as ordered by Larry earlier). S8 has silver mirrors and a three-spoke steering wheel. In some shots, the Audi has body colored mirrors and a four-spoke steering wheel that comes with the regular A8. See more »

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Sam: [Preparing to perform surgery on himself] Yeah. I once removed a guy's appendix with a grapefruit spoon.
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Great action movie, Hollywood should watch and learn from this
24 September 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Every once in a rare while comes an action movie that is also a genuinely good film. This is one of those movies. What makes these uncommon movies what they are is simple: plot. No movie can compromise that and in recent years Hollywood has been doing just that to show off it's million dollar special effects and two cent story lines. This film has both pulse pounding breakneck action scenes and developed and interesting story.

The story starts when mercenaries are hired to retrieve a secret silver briefcase with mysterious contents. The mission goes awry with betrayal and we soon find out that everyone has their own motives and goals with the mysterious silver case.

The cast is good and the direction is smooth and keeps the story flowing and it'll keep you guessing right up to the very end about just exactly what is going on and who everyone is. Then, there are the car chases and they are awesome. Truly awesome and even legendary by now. Just like classics like 'Bullitt' and 'The French Connection' and goofy camp films of the seventies (like the original 'Gone in 60 Seconds') this film uses no hyper-crazy CGI in its action scenes and that proves all for the better since it is an action movie, but it cannot lose all it's credibility for the sake of some cars crashing. A thrill needs to be at least partly believable, otherwise it won't be thrilling. In fact the whole film has a more realistic feel to it with the relentlessness of the action being not over the top, but still enjoyable for fans of the genre. Then there are the characters who much more real as they don't snap wise cracks while shooting bad guys square in the head one handed with a pistol at 30 yards.

All in all, this is a very good entry in the action genre and Hollywood should take note. 8/10

Rated R for violence


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