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Ronin DVD 1998 / Directed by John Frankenheimer / Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean

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Ronin DVD 1998 / Directed by John Frankenheimer / Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean

UPC 5996255735765


MADE IN Hungary

AUDIO: English 5.1, Hungarian 2.0, Polish 2.0, Czech 2.0

SUBTITLES:  Hungarian, Czech, Portuguese, Slovenian, Greek, Croatian, Hebrew, Bulgarian, Turkish, Romanian

Total Runtime: 116 minutes





English Summary:

Ronin is a 1998 American action thriller film written by John David Zeik and David Mamet (using the pseudonym Richard Weisz), and directed by John Frankenheimer. It stars Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce. The film is about a team of former special operatives that is hired to steal a mysterious, heavily guarded briefcase while navigating a maze of shifting loyalties. Ronin is noted for its realistic car chases in Nice and Paris, and its convoluted plot that uses the briefcase as a MacGuffin.  At a bistro in Montmartre, Irish operative Deirdre meets with American mercenaries Sam and Larry, and French mercenary Vincent. She takes them to a warehouse, where fellow mercenaries, the Englishman Spence and Gregor, a German, are waiting. Deirdre briefs them on their mission; to attack a heavily armed convoy and steal a large, metallic briefcase. As the team prepares for the task, Deirdre meets with handler Seamus O'Rourke, who says the Russian mafia is bidding for the case and that the team must intervene. After Sam exposes Spence as a fraud and dismisses him, the others leave for Nice. Sam and Deirdre are attracted to each other during a stakeout. On the day of the sale, Deirdre's team ambushes the convoy at La Turbie and pursues the survivors to Nice.


Hungarian Summary:

A hidegháború végeztével hat célja (és "gazdája") vesztett ügynököt (szamuráj szlengben: ronint) verbuvál egy titokzatos táska megszerzésére a titokzatos megrendelő. A cuccot hőseink megszerzik, aztán - talán a régi rutin miatt - elárulják egymást. A végére is marad még elég csavar.


Cast / Szereplők:

  • Robert De Niro as Sam, an American mercenary formerly associated with the CIA. According to director John Frankenheimer, De Niro "was always dream casting" for the film.
  • Jean Reno as Vincent, a French gunman who befriends Sam. Frankenheimer sought to establish the friendship between Reno's and De Niro's characters, which he considered pivotal to the story, and wanted to strengthen the off-screen bond between the actors.
  • Natascha McElhone as Deirdre, an IRA operative commissioned to steal a briefcase by Seamus O'Rourke. An on-set dialect coach helped McElhone speak with a Northern Irish accent. McElhone said she was thrilled to play the role because she portrayed a character that moved the action forward.
  • Sean Bean as Spence, an English firearms specialist formerly associated with the SAS.[8][16] During production, Frankenheimer did not know what the future held for the character and considered having him killed off-screen after the team drives out of the warehouse, or snatched from a Paris street into a van driven by the IRA. Ultimately, he had Spence dismissed from the team. Bean described the character as egotistic and "a little bit out of his depth".
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Gregor, a German computer specialist formerly associated with the KGB.[ A fan of Skarsgård, Frankenheimer praised the Swedish actor for "bring[ing] so much to the role".Skarsgård suggested Gregor had been abandoned by his wife and son, for which he became "quite suicidal and cold".
  • Jonathan Pryce as Seamus O'Rourke, a rogue operative in pursuit of the case through Deirdre. Like McElhone, the Welshman Pryce was coached to hone his Northern Irish accent.
  • Skipp Sudduth as Larry, another American and the team's designated driver. Sudduth, who had appeared in Frankenheimer's George Wallace (1997), performed most of his character's driving stunts.
  • Michael Lonsdale as Jean-Pierre, Vincent's friend and colleague whose pastime is creating miniatures. Frankenheimer intended to make the character a miniature artist, partially due to his own love of creating miniatures. The film was Lonsdale's third collaboration with Frankenheimer.
  • Katarina Witt as Natacha Kirilova, a Russian figure skater. Witt wanted to become an actor after a career as a figure skater; Frankenheimer had always wanted to film an ice-skating scene.
  • Féodor Atkine as Mikhi, leader of the Russian mafia


Directed by John Frankenheimer
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Screenplay by
  • J.D. Zeik
  • David Mamet
    (as Richard Weisz)
Story by J.D. Zeik
  • Robert De Niro
  • Jean Reno
  • Natascha McElhone
  • Stellan Skarsgård
  • Sean Bean
  • Jonathan Pryce
Music by Elia Cmiral
Cinematography Robert Fraisse
Edited by Tony Gibbs
  • United Artists
  • FGM Entertainment
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 12, 1998 (Venice Film Festival)
  • September 25, 1998 (United States)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language English






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