John Frankenheimer (1998)

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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 Skarsgård
Spence Sean Bean
Larry Skipp Sudduth
Jean-Pierre Michel Lonsdale
Dapper gent Jan Triska
Seamus Jonathan Pryce
The man with the newspaper Ron Perkins
Mikhi Féodor Atkine
Natacha Kirilova Katarina Witt
Sergi Bernard Bloch
Sergi's accomplice Daniel Breton
Man at exchange Amidou Ben Messaoud
The "Boss" Tolsty
The "Target" Lionel Vitrant
Russian interpreter Dimitri Rafalsky
Mikhi's bodyguard Cyril Prentout
Bartender Henry Moati
Director John Frankenheimer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray