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Movies: Ronin

Release Date: September 25, 1998

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård.

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Wikipedia Entry

In a warehouse on the outskirts of Paris, Deirdre (Natascha McElhone), a young Irish woman who is a member of the council of IRA, meets with former special forces soldiers and intelligence operatives—Spence (Sean Bean), Larry (Skipp Sudduth), Gregor (Stellan Skarsgård), Vincent (Jean Reno), and Sam (Robert De Niro). Deirdre briefs the men on their mission, attacking a heavily armed convoy and stealing a briefcase, its contents unknown. Following the briefing, the team begins assembling their equipment, and Deirdre meets with her handler, Seamus O’Rourke (Jonathan Pryce), who reveals that Russian gangsters are bidding for the case so the team must act quickly to intercept it. Later, Spence is exposed as a fraud and summarily released from the team. The others depart for Nice where, over several days, they observe the convoy and form an ambush plan. The team ambushes the convoy and pursues the survivors through the surrounding countryside. After a lengthy car chase and gun battle, Gregor steals the case, tries to kill the team, and disappears.

Gregor first tries to sell the case to the Russians, but his contact betrays him, and Gregor shoots him. He next contacts Mikhi, the leader of the gangsters, and threatens to sell the case to the IRA unless Mikhi pays a grossly inflated price for the case; Mikhi agrees. Meanwhile, the rest of the team track Gregor through one of Sam’s old CIA contacts and corner him in the Roman arena in Arles. Following a tense standoff and hectic firefight, Gregor flees Sam and Vincent but is captured by Seamus, who kills Larry and escapes with Deirdre just as Sam and Vincent emerge from the coliseum. Sam, wounded from the fight, is taken by Vincent to his friend Jean-Pierre (Michael Lonsdale) in a villa in rural France. After removing the bullet and allowing Sam time to recuperate, Vincent asks Jean-Pierre to help him locate Gregor, Deirdre, and Seamus. Meanwhile, in Seamus’ hideout, Gregor admits he mailed the case to himself. Days later, as they retrieve the case, they are ambushed by Vincent and Sam. Sam confronts Deirdre, who is waiting for Seamus and Gregor outside the post office. Realizing that Sam has feelings for her and won’t shoot her, she speeds off. Following a high-speed chase through the streets and tunnels of Paris, Vincent shoots out Dierdre’s tires and sends her car over a highway overpass. Gregor emerges from the car with the briefcase and once again escapes, while Deirdre and Seamus are rescued from the burning car by construction workers.

Vincent and Sam, pondering their options, discover that the case is a type used by figure skaters. Intelligence gleaned from Jean-Pierre’s contacts also suggest the Russians are involved with figure skater Natacha Kirilova (Katarina Witt), Mikhi’s protégé, who is appearing in a show at the local arena. Vincent and Sam appear at the arena as Mikhi, in the audience watching Natacha, receives a call and reluctantly goes backstage. At the meet, Mikhi exchanges money for the case when Gregor, preparing to leave, reveals there is a sniper somewhere in the arena who will shoot Natacha if Mikhi betrays him. Mikhi shoots Gregor anyway, the sniper shoots Natacha, and Mikhi leaves with the case and the money. Meanwhile, Vincent and Sam follow the panicked crowd out of the arena in time to see Seamus ambush and shoot Mikhi before stealing the case. Sam runs ahead of Seamus and finds Deirdre sitting in the getaway car. He urges her to leave, revealing himself as a CIA agent pursuing Seamus, not the briefcase. Seamus shoots his way past the crowd, wounding Vincent, back to the arena, with Sam in pursuit. In the final gunfight, Seamus wounds Sam and is about to kill him when Vincent fatally shoots him from the scaffolding and collapses.

Days later, in a Parisian cafe, Sam and Vincent talk over radio broadcasts revealing a peace agreement reached between Sinn Féin and the British, partly as a result of Seamus’s death. They part as friends, and Sam drives off with his CIA contact. Vincent pays the bill and leaves, disappearing into gloomy Paris. The contents of the case are never revealed.

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