A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by 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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

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

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,697,641 (USA) (27 September 1998)

Gross:

$41,616,262 (USA)
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Trivia

Almost all scenes were shot on-location, with the exception of two scenes. The opening scene used a set with the couple walking past the camera, as the matching shot between location and set. The other one was the sequence between Sam and Vincent in the car right after the former was wounded. It was shot in front of a greenscreen. See more »

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At the start of the "Nice" scene, De Niro is standing under the big NICE sign with a gold post, but in the following shot he is about two feet away from it. See more »

Quotes

[Sam peers at Jean-Pierre's samurai miniatures]
Jean-Pierre: My hobby. One grows old.
Sam: I knew a lot of fellas, friends of mine, that just wanted to live to open a bar.
Jean-Pierre: Had they lived, would they have done it?
[Sam shrugs]
Jean-Pierre: Then they were spared their disillusion.
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References To Catch a Thief (1955) See more »

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Variation 18
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of BMG Classics/RCA Victor
(used during the solo figure-skating sequence)
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A film that lives up to its high expectations
30 March 2000 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

"Ronin" is one of those rare action films like "The French Connection" and "To Live and Die in L.A." that will keep a viewer watching from beginning to end. The performances in this movie are nothing short of superb and terrific. All of the key characters deserve a lot of credit, ranging from De Niro, Reno, McElhrone, Pryce, Skarsgard, and especially, Michael Lonsdale, who fills in the missing link with such detail and looks like he made the little samurai action figures with extreme care. The best scene of the film isn't the shootouts or car chases, it's the conservation that Sam (De Niro) and Jean-Pierre (Lonsdale) have over the Ronin myth. I'll have to admit that "Ronin" is the first film that I have seen was made by the crafty veteran director John Frankenheimer ("Grand Prix", "The Manchurian Candidate"). If you haven't seen "Ronin", go to a video store and rent the movie now.


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