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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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John Frankenheimer

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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) »

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Anyone is an enemy for a price. 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, 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

To make it look like Robert De Niro and Natascha McElhone were actually driving during the car chase, right-hand-drive cars were used, with the passenger side made to mirror the real controls. The cast members then mimicked the stunt drivers' movements. See more »

Goofs

Reflected in the mirrors in the skaters' dressing room when Sam runs through. See more »

Quotes

[looking at Jean-Pierre's model]
Jean-Pierre: The Forty-Seven Ronin. Do you know it?
[Sam shakes his head]
Jean-Pierre: 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.
Sam: Nice. I like that. My kind of job.
Jean-Pierre: ...
[...]
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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 Ronin: Filming in the Fast Lane (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sleeping Beauty: Ballet Suite
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Tchaikovsky)
Performed by The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Hans Vonk
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Great action movie.
20 March 2010 | by dimitrisalomaoSee all my reviews

"Ronin" is an extremely well made film, and although is has some failures, still an enjoyable action movie.

Ronin is the Japanese word used for Samurai without a master. In this case, the Ronin are outcast specialists of every kind (De Niro, Reno, Skarsgård...), whose services are available to everyone - for money. Dierdre (McElhone) 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...

It's an action movie, so let's talk about the action sequences, in which I think is what this movie focuses. The shootings are excellent, we always know where is everybody, and we can notice their strategy, instead of seeing a lot of man shooting themselves. Now, the car chases are the reason this movie will be remembered, because they are simply the best. When a friend told me it was the best car chase ever, I thought, "This guy haven't seeing "Bullit", but I was wrong, and he was right, the angle that they shoot the chase sequences, make that seem really dangerous, we always expect them to crash, it look so real.

The acting, as you expected from De Niro, Reno and Stellan Skarsgård, is really great, but De Niro deserves attention, he appears always safe about what he is doing, which strengthens the idea of him being so wise, and experienced. You can't find a single movie that De Niro is not good, the only movie that I thought he was just good is "Awakenings".

The plot is unbelievable sometimes, like when they are looking for a Russian, and when they see a poster announcing a presentation of Russian ballet, they deduce that they will find the bad guy in there (didn't they notice that is hard to find one man between 30.000 people, when they didn't even know how they look like?).

Verdict: It's a well made action/thriller with great action scenes, and equally great performances.


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