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Ronin -- An international team of former intelligence agents is hired to carry out a dangerous mission in this character-driven post-Cold War action adventure directed by veteran filmmaker John Frankenheimer. When the caper goes awry, each member reveals his true self. Featured among the operatives are Robert De Niro, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, Jonathan Pryce, Sean Bean and Natascha McElhone. Of the story whose title derives from the Japanese word meaning masterless samurai: The characters, both male and female, are terribly good at what they do, they just have no place to do it anymore. They're hired to pull off a job, get double-crossed twice and have to get out of it. During a difficult job, the men and their morality, or lack of it, is revealed.
Ronin -- 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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A freelancing former US intelligence agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A throwback to old-style espionage thrillers, with an unexplained plot but plenty of enjoyable action. See more (573 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Sam

Jean Reno ... Vincent

Natascha McElhone ... Deirdre

Stellan Skarsgård ... Gregor

Sean Bean ... Spence

Skipp Sudduth ... Larry

Michael Lonsdale ... Jean-Pierre
Jan Tríska ... Dapper Gent

Jonathan Pryce ... Seamus O'Rourke

Ron Perkins ... Man with the Newspaper

Féodor Atkine ... Mikhi

Katarina Witt ... Natacha Kirilova
Bernard Bloch ... Sergi
Dominic Gugliametti ... Clown Ice Skater
Alan Beckworth ... Clown Ice Skater
Daniel Breton ... Sergi's Accomplice

Amidou ... Man at Exchange (as Amidou Ben Messaoud)
Tolsty ... The 'Boss'
Gérard Moulévrier ... Tour Guide (as Gérard Moulevrier)
Lionel Vitrant ... The 'Target'
Vincent Schmitt ... Arles Messenger
Léopoldine Serre ... Arles Little Girl
Lou Maraval ... Arles Little Girl
Frédéric Schmalzbauer ... German Tour Guide
Julia Maraval ... Girl Hostage
Laurent Spielvogel ... Tourist in Nice

Ron Jeremy ... Fishmonger (scenes deleted) (as Ron Hiatt)
Steve Suissa ... Waiter in Nice

Katia Tchenko ... Woman Hostage
Dyna Gauzy ... Little Screaming Girl
Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux ... Little Girl
Amanda Spencer ... Little Girl
Dimitri Rafalsky ... Russian Interpreter
Vladimir Tchernine ... Russian Mechanic
Gérard Touratier ... Ice Rink Security Guard
Cyril Prentout ... Mikhi's Bodyguard
Henry Moati ... Bartender
Christophe Maratier ... Armed Police Officer
Pierre Forest ... CRS Captain
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nader Boussandel ... Weapon seller (uncredited)

Lee Delong ... (uncredited)
Veronique Blanc Meyere ... Natacha Kirilova's Assistant (uncredited)

Christine Musset ... Natacha Kirilova's Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
Writing credits
J.D. Zeik (story)

J.D. Zeik (screenplay) and
David Mamet (screenplay) (as Richard Weisz)

Produced by
Paul Kelmenson .... executive producer
Frank Mancuso Jr. .... producer
Ethel Winant .... associate producer
Original Music by
Elia Cmiral 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs  (as Tony Gibbs)
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
Production Design by
Michael Z. Hanan 
Art Direction by
Gérard Viard 
Set Decoration by
Robert Le Corre 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
Makeup Department
Jean-Charles Bachelier .... key hair stylist
Fabienne Bressan .... key hair stylist
Ilona Herman .... hairdresser: Mr. De Niro
Ilona Herman .... makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Gary Hood .... prosthetics makeup artist
Gary Hood .... special makeup effects
Paul Le Marinel .... key makeup artist
Jane Milon .... hair stylist
Liliane Rametta .... makeup artist
Dave Bonneywell .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Claude Albouze .... unit production manager
Dimitri Foresta .... assistant production manager
Derek Kavanagh .... unit production manager
Jérôme Servant .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Artur .... second second assistant director
Fanny Aubrespin .... second assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director
Luc Etienne .... assistant director: second unit
Jordane LaFourcade .... second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Gilles Allou .... construction foreman
Ted Boonthanakit .... storyboard artist
Pierre Boudier .... construction foreman
Jean-Claude Bourdin .... first assistant art director
Jean-Michel Ducourty .... first assistant art director
Patrick Dufau .... lead man
Marc Flouquet .... set designer
Jean-Paul Gaillot .... construction coordinator
Jacky Hardouin .... carpenter
Patrick Jamot .... stand-by painter
Bruno Lefebvre .... set dresser
Joëlle Meffre .... art department coordinator
Laurent Piron .... first assistant art director
Gilbert Piéri .... property master
Gilles Piéri .... assistant property master
Claude Périnet .... paint foreman
Yves Seigneuret .... set dresser
Christian Vallat .... first assistant art director
Michel Vialla .... assistant property master
Yvan Hart .... plasterer (uncredited)
Michel Rollant .... property buyer (uncredited)
Valérie Rozanes .... trainee (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Albert .... sound re-recording engineer
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Bernard Bats .... production sound recordist
Joe Bosco .... adr recordist (as Joseph Bosco)
David Boulton .... adr mixer: New York
Pierre-Yves Bruneel .... boom operator
Rubén Domingo .... assistant sound editor (as Reuben Domingo)
Robert Fitzgerald .... supervising sound effects editor
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist
Alexandra Gonzales .... adr editor
Alexandra Gonzales .... dialogue editor
John Keating .... consultant: DTS
Edmund J. Lachmann .... adr editor
Edmund J. Lachmann .... dialogue editor
Mike Le Mare .... sound designer (as Mike Le-Mare)
Mike Le Mare .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Le-Mare)
Steve Livingston .... sound effects editor
David Marcus .... assistant sound editor
Stewart Nelsen .... sound effects editor (as Steward Nelson)
Vince Nicastro .... foley artist
Andrew Patterson .... foley editor
Brian Pierret .... sound recordist
Eric Potter .... additional sound effects recordist
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist: New York
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Rich Rogers)
Hari Ryatt .... supervising adr editor
Matthias Schmitz .... assistant sound editor (as Matt Teck)
Brady Schwartz .... foley editor (as Brady A. Schwartz)
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Karola Storr .... supervising foley editor
Fabien Strulovici .... cable person
Christina Tucker .... foley mixer
Cody Dorkin .... adr (uncredited)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Steve Kohler .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Georges Demétrau .... special effects coordinator
Denis Duplex .... special effects foreman
Alain Couty .... special effects (uncredited)
Peter Hawkins .... assistant makeup effects (uncredited)
Jason McCameron .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark Breakspear .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Sandy DellaMarie .... digital production coordinator (uncredited)
Thierry Delobel .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Thomas Duval .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunts
Gilbert Bataille .... stunt driver
Alain Brochery .... stunts
Guy Chasseuil .... stunt driver
Cyrille Dufaut .... stunt driver
Joe Dunne .... physical stunt coordinator
Dominique Fouassier .... assistant physical stunt coordinator
Alain Guerillot .... stunts (as Alain Guérillot)
Jean-Pierre Jarier .... stunt driver (as Jean-Pierre Jarrier)
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... car stunt coordinator
Philippe Lazoore .... stunts
Marc Mercier .... stunts
Michel Neugarten .... stunt driver
Catherine Robert .... stunts
Patrick Ronchin .... car stunt technical coordinator
Sébastien Seveau .... stunt driver
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts
Alain Barbier .... stunts (uncredited)
Francis Bataille .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jean-Marc Bellu .... stunts (uncredited)
Serge Beuchat .... stunts (uncredited)
Rémi Canaple .... stunts (uncredited)
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilles Conseil .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Pascal David .... stunts (uncredited)
Yannick Derrien .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Richard Dieux .... stunts (uncredited)
Yan Dron .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Jean Girard .... stunts (uncredited)
Marc Hoang .... stunts (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Jarier .... stunt double: Robert De Niro (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunt double: Robert De Niro (uncredited)
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunts (uncredited)
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Pascal Lopez .... stunts (uncredited)
Stéphane Margot .... stunts (uncredited)
Michel Neugarten .... stunt double: Natascha McElhone (uncredited)
Cyril Raffaelli .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Alexandrine Roux .... stunts (uncredited)
Alain Saugout .... stunts (uncredited)
Francis Terzian .... stunts (uncredited)
Olivier Vitrant .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Allo .... video assist operator
Berto .... camera operator: "b" camera
Eric Bialas .... first assistant camera
Patrick Camboulive .... still photographer
David Crone .... Steadicam operator
David Crone .... camera operator: "a" camera
Elodie Delettre .... camera loader
Alain Dondin .... assistant lighting technician
Gilles Floquet .... second company grip
Pierre Garnier .... dolly grip
Alain Herpe .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... chief lighting technician
Jean-Marie Lhomme .... second assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Mas .... key grip
David Nissen .... second assistant camera
Charlet Recors .... aerial camera operator
François Adler .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Éric Brun .... additional first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Dominique Delguste .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Henri Habans .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Philippe Houdart .... camera operator: third camera (uncredited)
Laurent Martin .... grip (uncredited)
Clyde Miller .... assistant camera: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Frédéric North .... pilot: camera helicopter (uncredited)
Gil Pannetier .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Supe .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michele Badrutt .... extras casting
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... extras casting
Fabienne Dubois .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Sue Jones .... casting: Great Britain
Mercedes Kelso .... casting associate (as Mercedes Danforth)
Elizabeth Lang .... casting associate (as Elizabeth Lang Fedrick)
Frederic Caillierez .... assistant extras casting (uncredited)
Gérard Lyon .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Dunsford .... set costumer (as Anne Dunsford-Varenne)
Alan Flyng .... key costumer
Karen Muller Serreau .... dresser: Mr. De Niro (as Karen Muller-Serreau)
Judy Shrewsbury .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Dale Caldwell .... color timer
Francesca Emerson .... assistant editor
Sherrye Gibbs .... assistant editor
C.J. Hsu .... apprentice editor
Rose-Marie Lausson .... assistant editor
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter
Gino Pucci .... apprentice editor
Raphaël Péaud .... assistant editor
Music Department
Thomas Bartke .... assistant music editor
Mike Flicker .... music editor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Nick Ingman .... conductor
Nick Ingman .... orchestrator
John Whynot .... score mixer
John Whynot .... score recordist
Gavyn Wright .... orchestra leader
John Bell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Matt Friedman .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Jivan Gasparyan .... musician: duduk (uncredited)
Kevin Townend .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Eric Aufèvre .... transportation coordinator
Emmanuel Rigaut .... transportation captain
Ghislain Le Guisquet .... picture car (uncredited)
Olivier Suffert .... production driver: Skipp Sudduth & Katarina Witt (uncredited)
Other crew
Jean-Marc Abbou .... location manager
Michèle Abitbol .... unit publicist
Alain Agostini .... location manager
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Alexander Arbatt .... dialogue coach: Ms. Witt
Carine Barcelo .... assistant accountant
Catherine Barrès .... assistant location manager
Alan Beckworth .... ice skating choreographer: clown act
Sandra Benhamou .... production secretary
Xavier Bouraoui .... production assistant
Régis Brun .... location manager
David Campi-Lemaire .... key set production assistant
Laurent Chiomento .... assistant location manager
Anne Costerg .... production assistant
Yann Cuinet .... production assistant
Bruno Daveux .... production assistant
Lucrezia Dillon-Corneck .... assistant: Mr. Hanan
Kim Doan .... production coordinator
Laetitia Dom .... production secretary
Alain Dominiecki .... assistant accountant
Sophie Drouin .... production accountant
Dimitri Foresta .... production assistant
Christophe Gabbiati .... assistant armorer
Mick Gould .... technical advisor
Gerry Grennell .... dialogue coach: Ms. McElhone
Jacques Grousset .... caterer
Stephan Guerri .... production assistant
Dominic Gugliametti .... ice skating choreographer: clown act
Fabienne Guicheneuy .... craft service
Patrice Guillain .... assistant armorer
Laurence Guérault .... assistant: Mrs. Winant
Cedric Kron .... medical advisor
Dominique Lefèvre .... travel coordinator
Christophe Maratier .... armorer
Colette Martin .... assistant accountant
François Mathieu .... production assistant
Margo Hunt McKay .... assistant: Mr. Frankenheimer (as Margo Hunt)
Flore Michiels .... assistant: Mr. Frankenheimer
Sophie Mollier .... first aid
André Noël .... animal trainer
Josephine Olive-O'Neill .... assistant accountant
Franklin Pedrosa .... production assistant
Patricia Pierangeli .... dialogue coach: Mr. Bloch (as Patrizia Pierangeli)
Fabien Pondevaux .... location scout
Léon Rey .... production assistant
Itaka Schlubach .... unit publicist
Claudia Schon Maier .... assistant: Mr. Mancuso Jr. (as Claudia Schön-Maier)
Ron Shillingford .... copyist
Cindy Stuart .... ice skating choreographer: Ms. Witt
Claudio Todeschini .... dialogue coach: Mr. Bean
Sylvain Truchot .... production assistant
Fredéric Vallejo .... first aid
Bruno Vignier .... location manager
Jenni Villegas .... executive assistant: Mr. Mancuso Jr.
Cameron Watson .... dialogue coach: Mr. Reno
Jonathan Wolf .... production accountant
Jimmy Zelinger .... title designer
Frederic Bacchi .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jeremy Bau .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Anne Bernard .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Patrick Boshart .... location scout (uncredited)
Hélène Cardona .... additional voices (uncredited)
Aria Noelle Curzon .... adr artist (uncredited)
Sophia Lansky .... additional voices (uncredited)
Sophia Lansky .... dialect coach: Russian (uncredited)
Nathalie Radovic .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christophe Vialaret .... uncredited
John Whynot .... synthesizer programmer (uncredited)
Jeff Robbins .... thanks
Bernard Tschumi .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for strong violence and some language
122 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Belgium:KT | Brazil:12 | Brazil:14 (DVD re-rating) | Canada:14A | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) | France:U | Germany:16 (w) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #35655)

Did You Know?

In Japan nowadays,"Ronin" means not only a Samurai without master, but it also refers to students who haven't been accepted to a particular university and spend a year studying to take the entrance exam again the next year.See more »
Continuity: When Vincent is preparing to help Sam attend to his bullet wound, the outside of Sam's Kevlar vest surrounding the bullet hole is soaked with blood. When Vincent cuts the vest off, Sam's undershirt has very little blood on it.See more »
Spence:Almost turned into a bit of raspberry jam back there, yeah, a bit of raspberry jam!See more »
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63 out of 102 people found the following review useful.
A throwback to old-style espionage thrillers, with an unexplained plot but plenty of enjoyable action., 17 November 2005
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

Watching Ronin is like going 25 years back in time. The European locations, the cold and cynical characters, the deliberately ambiguous and serpentine plot, the car chases, the treachery.... all these are the standard ingredients of those twisty spy flicks that were ten-a-penny in the late '60s and early '70s. And who better to direct this retro-thriller than John Frankenheimer, the man behind such genre masterpieces as The Manchurian Candidate and Seven Days In May?

A group of mercenaries gather in a Parisian warehouse. They don't know each other, and they don't particularly know why they've been summoned.... other than the fact that they're about to be offered a job worth a considerable amount of money. Among the group is Sam (Robert De Niro), an American "ronin" (the name once given to masterless Japanese samurai-warriors who used to wander across the land offering themselves as hired swords). Others include Frenchman Vincent (Jean Reno), English weapons expert Spence (Sean Bean), East European electronics specialist Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard) and ace driver Larry (Skip Sudduth). The team has been brought together by Irish revolutionary Deidre (Natascha McElhone), who eventually reveals to them that their task is to get hold of a mysterious silver briefcase. They are not told what is in the briefcase, merely that if they want to get their hands on their money then they must steal the said briefcase from a team of ruthless agents currently guarding it.

Throughout its running time Ronin keeps its plot very secretive (even at the end we never learn WHAT was actually in the briefcase). In some ways, this makes the story intriguing but it also causes a certain degree of dissatisfaction as many of the loose ends are still left untied as the final credits roll. De Niro gives a game performance as the morally complex "hero", and Reno backs him up splendidly in yet another of his charismatic, slightly villainous roles. The big revelation is McElhone, a relative newcomer, who holds her own with all these powerhouse stars without looking at all daunted. The action is excitingly shot, especially the film's regular car chases and shootouts. It's nice to see genuinely hair-raising stunt work being used to achieve the effectiveness of these action sequences, as opposed to the usual '90s dependency on digital trickery. Check out also the amazing scene in which De Niro has to cut a bullet from his own stomach, using a mirror and a sharp knife! While Ronin might be a throwback to the films of yesteryear, with a story every bit as murky and "cloak-and-dagger" as the old films it resembles, it still comes across as an enjoyable and pacy piece of entertainment.

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