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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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Release Date:
25 September 1998 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Your ally could become your enemy See more »
Plot:
A freelancing former U.S. 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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Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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An exciting film with tour de force performances by De Niro & Jean Reno… See more (575 total) »

Cast

  (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)

Norbert Ferrer ... Ambulance Man Ice (uncredited)
Veronique Blanc Meyere ... Natacha Kirilova's Assistant (uncredited)

Christine Musset ... Natacha Kirilova's Assistant (uncredited)
Chuck Riley ... Narrator of Theatrical Trailer (voice) (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 
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond  (as Cathy Sandrich)
Amanda Mackey  (as Amanda Mackey Johnson)
 
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
Frédéric Dorion .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Jérôme Servant .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Artur .... second second assistant director
Fanny Aubrespin .... second assistant director
Mishka Cheyko .... first assistant director (as Michel Cheyko)
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 .... 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 .... 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)
 
Stunts
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)
Bénédicte Follet .... stunts (uncredited)
David Genty .... 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)
Christophe Vaison .... stunt driver (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
 
Location Management
Jean-Marc Abbou .... location manager
Alain Agostini .... location manager
Catherine Barrès .... assistant location manager
Régis Brun .... location manager
Laurent Chiomento .... assistant location manager
Fabien Pondevaux .... location scout
Bruno Vignier .... location manager
Frederic Bacchi .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jeremy Bau .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Patrick Boshart .... location scout (uncredited)
 
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)
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Rachel Bolt .... viola (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
Michèle Abitbol .... unit publicist
Angela Allen .... script supervisor
Alexander Arbatt .... dialogue coach: Ms. Witt
Carine Barcelo .... assistant accountant
Alan Beckworth .... ice skating choreographer: clown act
Sandra Benhamou .... production secretary
Xavier Bouraoui .... production assistant
David Campi-Lemaire .... key set production assistant
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)
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
Jenni Villegas .... executive assistant: Mr. Mancuso Jr.
Cameron Watson .... dialogue coach: Mr. Reno
Jonathan Wolf .... production accountant
Jimmy Zelinger .... title designer
Anne Bernard .... production coordinator (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)
 
Thanks
Jeff Robbins .... thanks
Bernard Tschumi .... thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and some language
Runtime:
122 min
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Belgium:KT/EA | 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:Tous publics | 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)

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Trivia:
The first edition VHS in the United States mistakenly lists the film as having been released in 1997.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Robert De Niro's character, when discussing Sean Bean's character, mispronounces the town in England where the SAS HQ is. The actual English pronunciation is closer to "her'uh'f'uh'd", those "uh"s representing schwas and not Heer-ford as spoken by De Niro. However, there are many 'Herefords' in the USA (Texas, Arizona, California, and a few in New England) and many US Herefords are pronounced Sam's way, much as Americans often pronounce Edinburgh as Edin-Bro.See more »
Quotes:
Jean-Pierre:At the end of the day we are likely to be punished for our kindnesses.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Variation 18See more »

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33 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
An exciting film with tour de force performances by De Niro & Jean Reno…, 23 June 2007

The movie begins with a bunch of international mercenaries, five to be exact, gathering in a bistro in Paris… Working only for money, their job was strictly to take intact a metal suitcase from several men—very well armed— who'll be intent on preventing them… No information was given about its contents, value or purpose…

An extraordinary cast of actors forms the group:

Robert De Niro, the ex-CIA agent and expert strategist; Jean Reno, the French mercenary; Stellan Skarsgard, the mysterious computer professional; Sean Bean, the ace field man; and Skipp Sudduth, the specialist in driving getaway cars…

Dierdre (Natascha McElhone) is the icy Irishwoman who explains the mission, but she is not necessarily the one fully in charge… It seems that the 'handler' who pulls the strings is an Irish fugitive called Seamus (Jonathan Pryce).

The film becomes tense and very exciting when one of the five members double-crosses the rest of the team, replacing the suitcase and leaving with the one they got… Here appears a mysterious man— apparently in love with Natacha Kirilova played by Katarina Witt, the East German figure skater, 4-time world champion—interested in the suitcase…

"Ronin" combines exotic European locations with the most sophisticated movie car chase ever filmed on a superhighway when McElhone takes her black BMW through the wrong lanes followed by De Niro in a blue FWD Peugeot…

De Niro is great to watch as the tough Sam, who remains cool regardless of the peril of the operation… Equally not susceptible to alarm are Skarsgard and Reno… Natascha McElhone brings a chilling, glacial quality to the role of the forceful woman not afraid of anything…

Frankenheimer doesn't recapture the intensity he once created in movies like "The Manchurian Candidate," and the "French Connection"

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