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Ronin
- Robert De Niro

Overview - David Mamet wrote this screenplay under the name Richard Weisz, as a gun for hire, much like the masterless samurai of the film's title, who roamed Japan in the 19th Century, loyal only to themselves. A group of men with highly developed skills are called to a meeting in a deserted warehouse in Paris.  Read more...

 
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Overview

David Mamet wrote this screenplay under the name Richard Weisz, as a gun for hire, much like the masterless samurai of the film's title, who roamed Japan in the 19th Century, loyal only to themselves. A group of men with highly developed skills are called to a meeting in a deserted warehouse in Paris. Sam (Robert De Niro), an American, may be ex-CIA. Vincent (Jean Reno), the terminally cool Frenchman, is a mystery. Russian computer whiz Gregor (Stellan Skarsgaard) is presumably ex-KGB, and Spence (Sean Bean), a British demolitions man, and Larry (Skipp Suddith), another Yank, round out the team. They've been hired by the IRA, through liaison Deirdre (Natascha McElhone), to steal a briefcase of unknown contents somewhere in Europe. As the unit races from one spectacular location on the French Riviera to another, the body count mounts, some Russian gangsters get into the act, and the betrayals come fast and furious. In a rare comic moment, Sam stitches up his own bullet wound, and asks a friend to finish before he passes out. RONIN features an exceptional cast, sumptuous locations, and the kind of realistic car chases and action scenes that one expects from a director of John Frankenheimer's skills.

Cast List

May Routh
Frank Mancuso Jr. - Producer, NEW BEST FRIEND (2002)
Natascha McElhone - Actress, SOLARIS
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert Fraisse - DOP
John Frankenheimer - American Director
Katarina Witt - Figure Skater
Stellan Skarsgaard - Actor
Stellan Skarsgard - Actor
Jonathan Pryce - British Actor/Miss Saigon
Elia Cmiral - Composer, JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT (2006)
Jean Reno - French Actor
Antony Gibbs - British Editor, TOM JONES (1963), RONIN (1998), ROLLERBALL
Tony Gibbs - British Editor, TOM JONES (1963), RONIN (1998), ROLLERBALL
Michael Z. Hanan - Production Designer, THE PUNISHER (2004)
J.D. Zeik - Screenwriter
David Mamet - American Playwright/Director
Sean Bean - English actor, LORD OF THE RINGS, THE ISLAND

 
Details
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  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 120
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616743923
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2014

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Notes:
Theatrical release: September 23, 1998. Shooting locations: Nice, Arles, Villefranche-sur-mer, and Paris, France. Frankenheimer spent years living in France, some of them studying at the fame Cordon Bleu culinary academy.

Reviews:
"...RONIN represents an exhilarating return to form for Frankenheimer....The real deal in action fireworks..." - 10/15/1998 Rolling Stone, p.133-4


"...Bracing sequences....A welcome throwback....[De Niro] makes most recent action-movie figures look like callow jocks..." -- Rating: B+ - 03/05/1999 Entertainment Weekly, p.70


"...This throwback to director John Frankenheimer's vintage international thrillers has an attractively old-fashioned feel..." - 10/23/1998 USA Today, p.6E


"...An extraordinary cast of actors, all on the same formidable wavelength, match wits most impressively....Mr. De Niro shows off a brooding, hard-guy panache with its own brand of international appeal..." - 09/25/1998 New York Times, p.E15


"[R]uthlessly constructed, hugely entertaining..." - 11/01/2004 Uncut, p.157

 
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