Ref

The Ref

4.7 11
Director: Ted Demme

Cast: Denis Leary, Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey

     
 
Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, and Denis Leary star in the 1994 crime comedy The Ref. Released on DVD from Disney, it is presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English and French. English closed captions are available. There are no special features on this disc whatsoever.

Overview

Judy Davis, Kevin Spacey, and Denis Leary star in the 1994 crime comedy The Ref. Released on DVD from Disney, it is presented with a widescreen anamorphic transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound in English and French. English closed captions are available. There are no special features on this disc whatsoever.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
That its plot resolves itself too cleanly does not matter -- The Ref is an actor's film. Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis are uncommonly gifted performers whose verbal battles in this film are as scathing as any screen couple in history (Burton and Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are the obvious comparison). Their performances are emotionally intricate. The characters do not listen to each other anymore, but they certainly still hear the resentment, frustration, and anger in their mutual insults. Gifted screenwriter Richard LaGravenese's literate dialogue keeps the barbs simultaneously painful and hysterical. Denis Leary's character is the key to the film. He is just as annoyed by these characters as the audience. Fans of Leary's hyper-verbal style will not be disappointed. While his character possesses a superior verbal acuity, he has met his equals in the ultimate bickering couple. The three drive each other into a comedic, verbose frenzy. By no means perfect, comfortable, or heartwarming, The Ref is a smart, biting look at marriage, acted with gusto by the three leads. One is tempted to believe that had The Ref been released after American Beauty, it would have found a larger audience for its challenging, acidly funny tone.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0786936208887
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
8,364

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; French-language track; Widescreen (1.85:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denis Leary Gus
Judy Davis Caroline
Kevin Spacey Lloyd
Robert J. Steinmiller Jesse
Glynis Johns Rose
Raymond J. Barry Huff
Richard Bright Murray
Howard Feuer Actor
Christine Baranski Connie
Adam Le Fevre Gary
Ellie Raab Mary
Bill Raymond George
Jim Turner Phil
Rutanya Alda Linda
Scott Walker Prosecutor
Edward Saxon Reporter
Kenneth Utt Jeremiah Willard
Marilyn Stonehouse Store Cashier
Robert Ridgely Bob Burley
Charles Kerr Town Citizen
Derek Keurvost Town Citizen
Caroline Yeager Town Citizen
Max Piersig Cadet
John Benjamin Hickey Old Baybrook Policeman
Stephen Hunter Old Baybrook Policeman
Vincent Pastore State Trooper
Tony Craig State Trooper
Peter Krantz State Trooper
Richard Blackburn Santa Family #1
Chas Lawther Santa Family #2
B.D. Wong Dr. Wong
Ron Gabriel Limo Driver
Robert Collins State Trooper
Cecilley Carroll Santa Family #1
J.K. Simmons Siskel

Technical Credits
Ted Demme Director
Ron Bozman Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer Executive Producer
Bruce Carwardine Musical Direction/Supervision
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Daniel Davis Production Designer
Jaro Dick Set Decoration/Design
Howard Feuer Casting
Irene Kent Makeup
Adam Kimmel Cinematographer
Richard LaGravenese Producer,Screenwriter
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Shea Asst. Director
Don Simpson Executive Producer
Dave Stewart Score Composer
Jeff Weiss Producer
Marie Weiss Screenwriter
Jeff Weiss Producer
Jeffery Wolf Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [7:34]
2. Marriage Counseling [9:43]
3. Police Investigation [6:39]
4. Yelling at Murray [11:03]
5. All Tied Up [7:22]
6. Evidence [7:55]
7. Heart to Heart [7:35]
8. Family Arrives [4:28]
9. Christmas Feast [8:16]
10. Opening Presents [10:17]
11. Grandma Needs a Gag [11:14]
12. End Credits [4:22]

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The Ref 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are 3 golden holiday movies in my book: A Christmas Story, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and The Ref. I watch this movie every year and still laugh hysterically. This is one of Kevin Spacey's best roles! Denis Leary shows that he is more than just a stand up comedian. He shows great acting talent in a comedic role (while he proved his drama talent in Judgement Night...another fantastic movie). I'll be first in line when this DVD comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My families vhs copy is getting worn out! It is a tradition in my bizarre family to gather together after our HUGE Italian Christmas Eve dinner and watch the much loved Ref. Dennis Leary is one of our favorite comedians and Kevin Spacey is our most favorite actor the two shine in this hilarious Christmas comedy! I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie . The family dynamics are so funny. Lets face we all seem to have some kind of dysfunctional quirks in all of our families but the way they portray them in this movie is absolutely hysterical. Denis Leary is great and so was Kevin Spacey !!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Denis Leary is hiliarious in this Christmas classic! He plays a robber who kidnaps a couple mired in marriage problems. Judy Davis plays Caroline beautifully, Kevin Spacey plays Lloyd flawlessly. I don't know what else to say other than buy it -- it's worth it! Mix this silly scenario in with overbearing family members and you're in for an hour and a half of hilarity. I've been watching for this to arrive on DVD, and I'm thrilled it finally made it! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I first saw this film, I have been waiting patiently for it to be on DVD! I loved how Denis Leary is able to use his sarcastic and raw sense of humor to make an ordinary kidnapping turn into a laughable situation. He kidnapps the couple thinking that it would quit simple but finds out that he is not the kidnapper,instead, he is the victim in this hillarious film that has ''Christmas from hell'' written all over it! I loved Kevin Spacey's character and thought every moment would lead into disaster, see it today! it's well worth it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I have been waiting for it to come out on DVD. Powers That Be: WAKE UP
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Leary is hysterical and Spacey is as well. they need to make a DVD version of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My family, a particularly quarrelsome bunch, had gotten together for a long holiday weekend. To ease some of the tensions, we went out for videos. One of them was ''The Ref.'' We warned my mother and my aunt (the most puritanical of us) that there was ''obscenity'' in the film. They stated emphatically that they weren't interested in watching. Twenty minutes later they were rolling around in their seats, hysterical with laughter. One family member watched it twice in a row, one time right after the other. An extremely funny movie about many of the more difficult things that are all too true about holidays and families.