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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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Plot Keywords:

ronin | case | suitcase | ex kgb | irish | See All (199) »

Taglines:

Loyalty is bought, betrayal is a way of life... See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$41,616,262

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,616,262
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ron Jeremy flew to Paris to film a small part in the film that was eventually cut by the studio. See more »

Goofs

Gregor is driving a Jeep Cherokee with an automatic transmission when he picks up the man to do the transaction for the case. When he stops at the playground, he clearly puts the car into park. When he presses on the gas, the car lurches forward, even though it is still in park, and he is able to shoot the man in the head. See more »

Quotes

Deirdre: Are you afraid?
Sam: 'Course I'm afraid. You think I'm reluctant because I'm happy?
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Alternate Versions

The print of the opening titles, starting "In Feudal Japan..." before the film title "Ronin" appears on-screen, on all UK DVD releases from the 11th October 2004 release does not have the original large font that exists on the original theatrical print and TV broadcasts. Instead it is much smaller and does not feel correct especially when one knows the movie and is not consistent with the font titles used throughout the film and the end credits. The 2000/2001 UK DVD MGM original 1 disc release, catalogue number 15745DVD (EAN 5050070000207) does oontain the correct font. All subsequent UK media releases do not contain the correct font (including the Definitive Edition in steelbook packaging!) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: El pacto de Berlín (2011) 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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A group of killers played by an all-star-cast is brought together to take a strange case for a high-powered client
5 October 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A woman called Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) assembles a team of professional mercenaries (Robert De Niro, Jean Reno , Sean Bean , Stellan Skarsgård , Skipp Sudduth , among others) from all over the world , they are specialists of every kind , whose services are available to everyone at exchange of money . Their mission to get a hold on a certain package with some mysterious content . The case is in the hands of some ex-KGB spies and there are many people and organizations that will do anything to get it . As the package is wanted by both the Irish and the Russians ; both of whom try to track down . Then a double-cross leads to a cat and mouse game . These mercenaries are like Ronin , in Japan ,"Ronin" (coming soon a film starred by Keanu Reeves titled 47 Ronin) means a Samurai without master .

This exciting espionage picture packs noisy action , thrills , car pursuits , and spectacular outdoors from France such as Arles , Nice , Cannes and Paris . From start to finish the action is unstoppable and frenetic . Interesting and nail-biting screenplay written by Richard Weisz , is in fact David Mamet . Impressive car chases , in fact 80 automobiles were destroyed during filming and more than 300 stunt drivers were employed to give the real-time chases scene an air of metal-crunching realism ; even one of the stunt drivers was former Formula 1 driver Jean-Pierre Jarier . Main cast is frankly excellent such as Robert De Niro as Sam , Jean Reno as Vincent and Natascha McElhone as Deirdre . Very good support cast such as Stellan Skarsgård as Gregor , Sean Bean , Jonathan Pryce , Michael Lonsdale , Jan Triska , Feodor Akine , Amidou and Skipp Sudduth requested to do his own stunt driving during the car chases and John Frankenheimer agreed . Furthermore , the figure skater played by Katarina Witt, winner of two Olympic and four world championships in figure skating . Colorful cinematography filmed in Super 35 and Panavision by Robert Fraisse , almost all scenes were shot on location with the exception of two scenes ; the opening scene used a set with the couple walking past the camera as the matching shot between location and set . Thrilling as well as atmospheric Original Music by Elia Cmiral .

¨Ronin¨ or ¨a samurai who is masterless¨ was efficiently directed by John Frankenheimer . At the beginning he worked for TV and turned to the cinema industry with The Young Stranger (1957) . Disappointed his with first feature film experience he came back to his successful television career directing a total of 152 live television shows in the 50s . He took another opportunity to change to the big screen , collaborating with Burt Lancaster in The Young Savages (1961) and Birdman of Alcatraz (62) ending up becoming a successful director well-known by his skills with actors and expressing on movies his views on important social deeds and philosophical events and film-making some classics as ¨The Manchurian candidate¨, ¨Seven days of May¨ and ¨The Train¨ and , in addition , ¨Grand Prix¨ also with great car races . Rating : Better and average and well worth seeing . The flick will appeal to frenetic action and suspense buffs .


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