Ronin (1998)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Robert De Niro Sam
Jean Reno Vincent
Natascha McElhone Deirdre
Stellan Skarsgård Gregor
Sean Bean Spence
Skipp Sudduth Larry
Michael Lonsdale Jean-Pierre
Jan Triska Dapper Gent
Jonathan Pryce Seamus O'Rourke
Ron Perkins Man with the Newspaper
Féodor Atkine Mikhi
Katarina Witt Natacha Kirilova
Bernard Bloch Sergi
Dominic Gugliametti Clown Ice Skater
Alan Beckworth Clown Ice Skater
Daniel Breton Sergi's Accomplice
Amidou Man at Exchange (as Amidou Ben Messaoud)
Tolsty The 'Boss'
Gérard Moulévrier Tour Guide (as Gérard Moulevrier)
Lionel Vitrant The 'Target'
Vincent Schmitt Arles Messenger
Léopoldine Serre Arles Little Girl
Lou Maraval Arles Little Girl
Frédéric Schmalzbauer German Tour Guide
Julia Maraval Girl Hostage
Laurent Spielvogel Tourist in Nice
Ron Jeremy Fishmonger (scenes deleted) (as Ron Hiatt)
Steve Suissa Waiter in Nice
Katia Tchenko Woman Hostage
Dyna Gauzy Little Screaming Girl
Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux Little Girl
Amanda Spencer Little Girl
Dimitri Rafalsky Russian Interpreter
Vladimir Tchernine Russian Mechanic
Gérard Touratier Ice Rink Security Guard
Cyril Prentout Mikhi's Bodyguard
Henry Moati Bartender
Christophe Maratier Armed Police Officer
Pierre Forest CRS Captain
Jean Réno Vincent
Michel Lonsdale Jean-Pierre
Feodor Atkine Mikhi
Robert DeNiro
Stellan Skarsgard
Movie Details
Genre Action; Crime; Thriller
Director John Frankenheimer
Producer Frank Mancusso, Jr.
Writer J.D. Zeik; David Mamet
Studio MGM
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 121 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Robert De Niro stars as an American intelligence operative adrift in irrelevance since the end of the Cold War--much like a masterless samurai, a.k.a. "ronin." With his services for sale, he joins a renegade, international team of fellow covert warriors with nothing but time on their hands. Their mission, as defined by the woman who hires them (Natascha McElhone), is to get hold of a particular suitcase that is equally coveted by the Russian mafia and Irish terrorists. As the scheme gets underway, De Niro's lone wolf strikes up a rare friendship with his French counterpart (Jean Reno), gets into a more-or-less romantic frame of mind with McElhone, and asserts his experience on the planning and execution of the job--going so far as to publicly humiliate one team member (Sean Bean) who is clearly out of his league. The story is largely unremarkable--there's an obligatory twist midway through that changes the nature of the team's business--but legendary filmmaker John Frankenheimer (Seconds, The Manchurian Candidate) leaps at the material, bringing to it an honest tension and seasoned, breathtaking skill with precision-action direction. The centerpiece of the movie is an honest-to-God car chase that is the real thing: not the how-can-we-top-the-last-stunt cartoon nonsense of Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon), but a pulse-quickening, kinetic dance of superb montage and timing. In a sense, Ronin is almost Frankenheimer's self-quoting version of a John Frankenheimer film. There isn't anything here he hasn't done before, but it's sure great to see it all again. --Tom Keogh
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 124
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Dual layer
UPC 027616743923
Chapters 32
Release Date 2002
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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