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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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$41,616,262 (USA)
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In a 2008 readers poll conducted by CAR Magazine, four cars featured in this movie merited ranks in the magazine's "Top 40 Coolest Movie Cars" issue: Audi S8 (ninth), Citroën XM and Peugeot 605 (twenty-fourth), and BMW 535i (twenty-ninth). Other featured vehicles included, Peugeot 406, Citroën Xantia, and a (rare) Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9. See more »

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At the end of the Paris car chase with the BMW M5 and the Peugeot, Jonathan Pryce fires a few shots at De Niro and Jean Reno in the pursuit car. One shot takes the left wing mirror clean off, and De Niro even jerks his head to the side in reaction to the shot. The mirror comes off in mid frame, and you can even see the adjustment wires dangling from the mirror base. In all subsequent scenes, the mirror is back on the car. See more »

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Gregor: How does the day find you?
Dapper Gent: How do they say in French - en plein forme?
Gregor: [body searches Dapper and finds a gun] This was supposed to be a social occasion?
Dapper Gent: Life is uncertain.
Gregor: It is indeed.
Dapper Gent: But Gregor, we have so much history together I was sure you wouldn't mind. Besides the world these days is so...
Gregor: Unsafe?
Dapper Gent: Exactly.
Gregor: I'll show you how unsafe it is.
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Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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Fabulous International Cast Just One Of Many Good Things
24 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another of my favorite films, movies that get better and better with each viewing. One thing I've always enjoyed here from the first time I saw this movie is it features the best (and longest!) car chase scene I've ever seen on film.

But the movie is far more than just spectacular car chases (there are two incredible ones, not just the one noted above.). It offers an interesting story that remains interesting with each viewing. That's because it's a bit confusing, a la "Mission Impossible," so each time you see it ,you figure more and more out. There also are tons of twists to this crime story.

It also features a wonderful international cast" American Robert De Niro, Frenchman Jean Reno, Britain's Sean Bean and Natascha McElhone (both of whom are better playing Irishmen, as they do here) and Swede Stellan Skargsgard. All of them are top-flight actors, as you know. As a bonus, I get to see Olympic skating champion Katarina Witt, from Germany.e

Also, it's directed by John Frankenheimer, a man who makes some of the most entertaining films I've ever watched. Speaking of watching, De Niro and Reno are my two favorite guys to watch in this thriller. The French scenery - rural and urban - is also terrific. The action is not overdone and the only scene in the film I didn't care for was the gruesome one in which a bullet is taken out of De Niro. It's just too detailed and unpleasant to view but, with a DVD, can be skipped rapidly.

The soundtrack also is outstanding. The Chinese instrument that plays here and there is fantastic. I've heard it before in a couple of Yanni concerts.

This is a high quality crime movie and is very highly recommended. This was the first DVD I ever bought (in 2000) and I couldn't have gotten by DVD collection off to a better start!


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