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A freelancing former U.S. 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 <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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Ронин  »

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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Trivia

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 »

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During the ambush, shooters from the last chase car pepper the Mercedes and the car behind Sam with a hail of bullets. When Vincent pulls out to continue the chase, the bullet holes are gone. See more »

Quotes

Vincent: It's a case for ice skates.
Sam: Why ice skates? And why would Gregor know an ice-skate case?
Vincent: He didn't have time to have it made. He didn't have time to have the fake case made. The Russians made it. The Russians made it.
Sam: We're following the wrong people.
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Featured in Ronin: Through the Lens (1998) See more »

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Adeste Fideles
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Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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Car Insurance in France must be expensive ...
23 April 2003 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

I picked up this DVD in Asda's a few weeks ago and seeing it had Robert De Niro starring convinced me enough to buy it. Then seeing in the credits it starred Jean Reno, Sean Bean and Jonothan Pryce too made me realise I was watching a winner here.

I wasn't wrong either, this film is brilliant. The beginning is slow and tense; dark, clear colours in the picture sets the mood perfectly. From then on most of it is pretty much action.

Five mysterious men of various backgrounds (ex-CIA, KGB etc) meet in Paris, France for a job headed by a Northern Irish woman. The job is to steal a case from a group and return the case to their as yet unknown employers. Just as things seem to run smoothly, one of them is a double-crosser.

Now for some of the best bits, the car chases. These are shot magnificently as Peugeot's, BMW's and Audi's tear through the streets of Paris. These chases are the most thrilling chases I have ever seen. And when you get chases, you get crashes. Think on-coming traffic chases and you might get the picture.

This is a must see film. 8 out of 10.


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