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
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David Mamet worked on the film as a script doctor. He significantly re-wrote the script, making major changes to character and dialogue from J.D. Zeik's original. There was a dispute between the studio, the director and the WGA over the credit, with MGM and the WGA insisting that Zeik be given story credit and billing over Mamet. They wouldn't back down and so Mamet asked that his name either be removed or placed under a pseudonym. The credits of the film now read as "Story by J.D. Zeik. Screenplay by J.D. Zeik and Richard Wiesz". See more »
In the ambush under the bridge, the police car which can be seen across the river is a Peugeot 405, yet by the time it reaches the people at the bridge and chases the Audi it is a much smaller Peugeot 205. See more »
[looking at Jean-Pierre's model]
The Forty-Seven Ronin. Do you know it?
[Sam shakes his head]
Forty-seven samurai, whose master was betrayed and killed by another lord. They became ronin - masterless samurai - disgraced by another man's treachery. For three years they plotted, pretending to be thieves, mercenaries, even madmen - that I didn't have time to do - and then one night they struck, slipping into the castle of their lord's betrayer and killing him.
Nice. I like that. My kind of job.
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An exciting film with tour de force performances by De Niro & Jean Reno
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 menvery 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 championinterested 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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