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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:
Jan Tríska ...
Man with the Newspaper
Natacha Kirilova
Bernard Bloch ...
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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Porn star Ron Jeremy flew to Paris to film a small part in the film that was eventually cut by the studio. See more »


Vincent is supposed to be a mercenary or former intelligence agent with connections all around France to get whatever the team needs. Yet, during the initial briefing, he fails to recognize basic military terms. See more »


Gregor: You're going to kill me?
Seamus O'Rourke: No, I'm not going to kill you.
[the moment Gregor takes off his glasses, Seamus punches him on and on until a blow at Gregor's stomach lands him on the floor]
Seamus O'Rourke: Why would I want to kill you?
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Time To Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)
Composed by Francesco Sartori
Lyrics by Lucio Quarantotto
Enlgish lyrics by Frank Peterson
Performed by Sarah Brightman featuring 'Andrea Bocelli'
Courtesy of Angel Records
Under license from EMI Music Special Markets
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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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