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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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Man with the Newspaper
Natacha Kirilova
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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?


Director John Frankenheimer actually owned a similar brown Mercedes that was used in the second car chase scene. Although the script did not mentioned which car Vincent and Sam would use to chase the convoy, he suggested having the Mercedes being used in the movie. See more »


During the long chase, something - possibly a running lamp socket - can be seen hanging down from the left front corner of the BMW in some shots, but not in others. See more »


Spence: You ex military?
Sam: No, I got my job in the New York Times.
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References 47 Samurai (1962) See more »


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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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