RoninDirector: John Frankenheimer, Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone
John Frankenheimer directed this $20 million international action thriller from a screenplay by Richard Weisz (pseudonym for David Mamet) and J.D. Zeik. In Paris, Irish organizer Deidre (Natascha McElhone) assembles a team to grab a mysterious briefcase from criminals. They are never told who hired them or the true identity of their targets. The hired specialists: Former CIA officer Sam (Robert De Niro), former Euro intelligence agent Vincent (Jean Reno), German electronics expert Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard), driver Larry (Skip Sudduth), and British weapons wrangler Spence (Sean Bean). After a Seine shootout, the action moves to the South of France, with a recon mission in Cannes, and a chase that brings everyone to Nice. Inevitable betrayals ensue, along with more pursuits.
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|Robert De Niro||Sam|
|Jan Triska||Dapper Gent|
|Katarina Witt||Natacha Kirilova|
|Bernard Bats||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Michel Cheyko||Asst. Director|
|Elia Cmiral||Score Composer|
|Robert Le Corre||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Z. Hanan||Production Designer|
|Paul Kelmenson||Executive Producer|
|Mike LeMare||Sound/Sound Designer|
|May Routh||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gerard Viard||Art Director|
|Ethel Winant||Associate Producer|
|J.D. Zeik||Original Story,Screenwriter|
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“Ronin” is wildly entertaining and highly crafted. Some think De Niro was in a 'trough' when he made this film instead, I feel he is -- quite simply -- exceptional and REAL, as always DeNiro is doing nothing he hasn't done a 1,000 times before in this role but it's precisely *because* he does such characters all the time that he's so good at it. Jean Reno is equally capable of matching De Niro on screen and they form a nice relationship that doesn't grate. The other actors are all acceptable although not outstanding. The plot is decent, but not dripping with originality. Look it's a terrorist organization. And look it's the IRA again and the Northern Ireland situation depicted with all the lack-of-knowledge Hollywood is so good at. The double crossing is amusing and makes sense - these characters aren't exactly on the side of angels are they? The action sequences are great fun too and, it must be admitted, feature the best car chases of any movie I've seen from the 90s. Which is saying something. On a down side to the plot it gets a tad ridiculous when, over the course of the movie, approximately half of France's population gets wiped out in the various car chases and gun battles... it's a tad over the top (though adrenalin pumping) John Frankenheimer directing was very competent. The chase scenes are done particularly well with the cameras mounted to the front of the car to give you the feeling of speed. It's what helps lift this movie up that bit more from the other dross. Other than that I'd recommend this movie, especially for fans of the heist genres or those who like car chases. You won't be bored ever and will spend an enjoyable couple of hours viewing it.
This movie was a suprise to me. It's a class act in every area. Great script, plenty of action and car chases with few equals. De Niro is in top form in a understated perforance. This DVD is a must have for your collection.
Ronin can easily be voted best car chase scene in a movie ever. Besides that the plot is great. The movie keeps you guessing. Also the acting is great, Robert DeNiro and Jean Reno have great chemistry. This is one to own. Now that I've praised it to death here are some bad parts. 1. The DvD version doesn't have much in the way of special features, it has an alternate ending and an audio commentary and that's about it. But hey you wanna buy it because it is a great film right?
I get into arguments with friends over the greatest car chase in a film. Most will say 'Bullit', but hands down I vote for 'Ronin'. With a great story and endless action, this is also a worthwhile DVD to own and test out on your surround sound system.
Ronin is a smashing and great action film with Robert De Niro. This ones worth keeping if you like a little mystery and Action combined.. in one role for this film. Robert De Niro and Jean Reno crank up the Action for the one of the greastest chasing action sequences in Hollywood. THIS IS WORTH IT, BUY IT!
After the Cold War, a bunch of the intelligence from the Communist East and Capitalist West were a bit bored and this is the product before Europe became a bunch a panzies, notwithstanding the Brits and the Irish. Jean Reno throws the action into high-gear as this remarkably exciting and heart-pounding thriller gets going with the indomitable DeNiro leading the show, as usual. The great betrayals follow.
Ronin and Bullitt BOTH have the best car chases on film. Bullitt's is for fans of Detroit iron; Ronin's is for Euro-sports: Peugeot, Citroen, BMW and Audi dice through alleys and tunnels at F1 speed. And let's not forget, Katarina Witt also stars, back when Communist booty was considered forbidden fruit.