Ronin

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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Any directorial career that includes both Seconds (1966) and The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) features more ups and downs than most, and with Ronin, John Frankenheimer announced a comeback. Exploring the territory of international espionage, it compensates for the familiarity of its material by doing just about everything right. A gripping, deliberately paced opening sequence perfectly sets the mood, capturing the uneasy peace of post-Cold War Europe with creepy effectiveness. The rest of the film runs with the notion, developing its vivid, weary characters and terse dialogue between well-staged action sequences. Frankenheimer films car chases as if he'd just invented the concept and David Mamet's pseudonymous script blows his gift for portraying con artistry up to an international scale. A memorable, thoughtful thriller cast to perfection and shot through with the chill of political unease and the knowledge of how easy it is to bargain away one's soul, it provided a late-career peak for a director who had something to prove.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • UPC: 027616077653
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 7,230

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Sam
Jean Reno Vincent
Natascha McElhone Deirdre
Stellan Skarsgård Gregor
Sean Bean Spence
Skipp Sudduth Larry
Michel Lonsdale Jean-Pierre
Jan Triska Dapper Gent
Jonathan Pryce Seamus
Féodor Atkine Mikhi
Katarina Witt Natacha Kirilova
Bernard Bloch Sergi
Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
Bernard Bats Sound/Sound Designer
Margot Capelier Casting
Michel Cheyko Asst. Director
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Robert Le Corre Set Decoration/Design
Robert Fraisse Cinematographer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Paul Kelmenson Executive Producer
Mike LeMare Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Mancuso Jr. Producer
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Gerard Viard Art Director
Richard Weisz Screenwriter
Ethel Winant Associate Producer
J.D. Zeik Original Story, Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great movie that can withstand repeated viewing.

    “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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cold Warriors when they get bored

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Detroit vs. Euro

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A De Niro Classic

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CAR CHASE EVER!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you liked Mission Impossible , You'll love this one !!!!!! :)

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't miss this movie!

    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?

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