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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam
... Vincent
... Deirdre
... Gregor
... Spence
... Larry
... Jean-Pierre
... Dapper Gent
... Seamus O'Rourke
... Man with the Newspaper
... Mikhi
... Natacha Kirilova
Bernard Bloch ... Sergi
Dominic Gugliametti ... Clown Ice Skater
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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Loyalty is bought, betrayal is a way of life... See more »


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

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25 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ронин  »

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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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Trivia

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

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Deidre's hair in the warehouse scene. See more »

Quotes

Vincent: [shaking Sam's hand] What was in the case?
Sam: [grins] I don't remember.
Vincent: [smiles] Lesson number two.
Sam: Keep in touch.
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Featured in Natasha McElhone: An Actor's Process (1998) See more »

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Adeste Fideles
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Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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The ultimate McGuffin
14 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

A pretty decent action outing for Robert De Niro and John Frankenheimer. Good photography of some of the seedier neighborhoods of Paris and other French cities. This film is quintessential De Niro, and he gets all the good lines. There is an interesting revelation at the end, which I will not reveal here. The case everyone is after, is a complete McGuffin, what Hitchcock called that plot device, the thing which everyone wants, and it doesn't really matter exactly what that is. I think that Frankenheimer may have been paying homage to Hitchcock on this, as what is in the case is never revealed. Apparently David Mamet was the script doctor on this film, and it ended up OK. I am of two minds on Mamet, having liked "The Untouchables" a lot, and disliked "Glengarry Glen Ross" and loathed "Oleanna". I also liked Natascha McElhone, who I had never heard of. She is a beautiful and accomplished actress. Some people complained about her brogue. OK, she's not Meryl Streep. But then again, who is? A lot of actors won't even try. I look forward to seeing more of her.

Oh, yeah, and some of the car chases were really, really cool, almost McQueenian.


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