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Ronin (1998)

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A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

J.D. Zeik (story), J.D. Zeik (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Bernard Bloch ... Sergi
Dominic Gugliametti Dominic Gugliametti ... Clown Ice Skater
Alan Beckworth Alan Beckworth ... Clown Ice Skater
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Storyline

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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ronin | case | suitcase | russian | ex kgb | See All (197) »

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Your ally could become your enemy See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

25 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ронин See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,697,641, 27 September 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,616,262

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,697,479
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The script originally called for Sam chasing Gregor in the arena to stop at the railing. However, at shooting, the stuntmen accidentally toppled over the railing, falling hard on the stone surface below. Director John Frankenheimer decided to leave the accident in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Seamus, Deidre and Gregor are in an apartment just after Seamus comes out of the bathroom after beating up Gregor, he is holding a glass in his left hand after he pours the drink, then in the following shot the glass is now in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Seamus O'Rourke: You're a good girl, Dierdre. Do your job, eh?
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Connections

Referenced in Filming in the Fast Lane (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Time To Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)
Composed by Francesco Sartori
Lyrics by Lucio Quarantotto
English 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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Brilliant, fast-paced action
13 November 2002 | by f1manozSee all my reviews

It was a shame that this did not last too long in the cinema, as people missed out on quite a brilliant piece of work.

Robert de Niro is outstanding like usual as the ex-CIA man. Jean Reno is also credible as his French accomplice, while there are notable performances from Stellan Skaarsgard and Sean Bean.

The best sequences, by far, during the movie are the car-chases, which are brilliantly filmed all the way around France. Who'd have thought 2-litre Peugeots and Citroens could provide so much entertainment?

The movie is never dull throughout, as the story twists and turns. Shame we never actually find out what's in that damn case!!


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