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John Frankenheimer (1998)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This deliberately retro thriller from director John Frankenheimer resembles a 1970s European espionage caper in atmosphere and style, and bounds along at a cracking pace. While the action is engrossing, there's also a sobering political slant as Robert De Niro travels to Paris to join an international gang of criminals (including the always watchable Jean Reno) who have been hired by Irish revolutionary Natascha McElhone to steal an important suitcase. No excuse is missed for a frenzied car chase in the Bullitt tradition, or the chance to add a menacing hard edge to the deliciously convoluted plot. By the way, the word "ronin" is taken from a Japanese legend about 47 samurai who avenge the killing of their master and then commit mass suicide.


A freelance former US intelligence agent is recruited alongside a team of fellow mercenaries to take part in an international plot to capture a briefcase from a gang of criminals. However, after the mission is completed, one member of the crew decides to betray his equally ruthless comrades-in-arms - with inevitably explosive results. John Frankenheimer's action thriller, starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgard and Jonathan Pryce.

Cast & Crew

Sam Robert De Niro
Vincent Jean Reno
Deirdre Natascha McElhone
Gregor Stellan Skarsgard
Spence Sean Bean
Seamus Jonathan Pryce
Larry Skipp Sudduth
Jean-Pierre Michel Lonsdale
Director John Frankenheimer
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay


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