March 04, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST


TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
Madchen Amick, David Brisbin, Elliott Gould, Laura Innes, Ming-Na, Mekhi Phifer, Sherry Stringfield, Maura Tierney, Goran Visnjic, Shane West, Noah Wyle, Jason Alexander, George Clooney, Mary McDonnell, Lynne Moody, Parminder Nagra
guest performer
Alan Alda, Khandi Alexander, Red Buttons, Rosemary Clooney, Guillermo Diaz, Ja'Net DuBois, Kirsten Dunst, Ron Eldard, Omar Epps, Sally Field, Jami Gertz, Joanna Gleason, Adam Goldberg, Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Hagerty, Glenne Headly, Marg Helgenberger, Djimon Hounsou, Kristen Johnston, Tamala Jones, John Leguizamo, Lucy Liu, Chad Lowe, William H. Macy, Ewan McGregor, Sanford Meisner, Bob Newhart, CCH Pounder, Ving Rhames, Ron Rifkin, Harry Shearer, John Stamos, Jacob Vargas, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Emily Wagner
John Wells
Drama, Doctor/Medical/Hospital
We gave it a B+

Revitalizing the art of the car chase, director John Frankenheimer (”The Manchurian Candidate”) stages several bracing sequences that warrant a second viewing, if only to appreciate how much is achieved without special effects. But it’s not just the crack stunt driving that makes ”Ronin” such a welcome throwback; it’s also the existential hardness of this thriller’s motley band of mercenaries, hired by an icy Irish terrorist (Natascha McElhone) to steal a mysterious case. Though nobody’s a hero, it’s easy to root for De Niro’s smart-mouthed ex-CIA operative. Cool, cynical, and stoically noble, he makes most recent action-movie figures look like callow jocks.

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