The Ref  



They might be his hostages but what they're doing to this guy is criminal.

The Ref (1994)

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Caroline and Lloyd are a married couple constantly at each other's throats, masters at crafting acid-tongued barbs at the other's expense. Indeed, they are so obsessed with belittling each other that they never stop -- not even at gunpoint. The gunman is Gus, a thief on the run from the police, who kidnaps the couple as an insurance policy, planning to use their home as a hideout. But their incessant bickering proves more than Gus bargained for, forcing him -- for the sake of his own sanity -- into the unenviable role of peacemaker. To make things even worse for Gus, he discovers that he has taken the couple hostage the night of their big Christmas party, and the guests are already on the way. Not wanting to leave Lloyd and Caroline unattended, Gus opts to attend the party, pretending to be the couple's marriage counselor. This naturally leads to a series of comic confusions, as the hostage crisis and marital tensions head towards their inevitable conclusion.

Director: Ted Demme
Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Marie Weiss.

Release Date: 1994-03-09
Status: Released
Run time: 97 min / 1:37
Budget: $11,000,000
Revenue: $11,439,193
Production Companies : Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Touchstone Pictures
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1994-03-09
Status: Released
Run time: 97 min / 1:37
Budget: $11,000,000
Revenue: $11,439,193

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Casts

Denis Leary
as Gus
Judy Davis
as Caroline Chasseur
Kevin Spacey
as Lloyd Chasseur
Glynis Johns
as Rose Chasseur
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.
as Jesse Chasseur
Raymond J. Barry
as Lt. Huff
Richard Bright
as Murray
Christine Baranski
as Connie Chasseur
Adam LeFevre
as Gary Chasseur
J.K. Simmons
as Siskel
BD Wong
as Dr. Wong, Marriage Counselor
John Scurti
as Lt. Steve Milford
Bill Raymond
as George

Crew

Directing Ted Demme Director
Production Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Sound David A. Stewart Original Music Composer
Writing Richard LaGravenese Screenplay
Editing Jeffrey Wolf Editor
Camera Adam Kimmel Director of Photography
Writing Marie Weiss Screenplay
Production Howard Feuer Casting
Production Jeffrey Weiss Producer
Production Ronald M. Bozman Producer
Production Jerry Bruckheimer Executive Producer
Production Don Simpson Executive Producer
Art Dan Davis Production Design
Art Dennis Davenport Art Direction
Writing Marie Weiss Story
Sound Stephen McLaughlin Music Producer
Sound Matthias Gohl Music Arranger

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  • "The Ref" is a flip-flopped, updated version of O. Henry's The Ransom of Red Chief, in which a kidnapper naps more than he was counting on.

  • The Ref has its flaws, but overall it works well enough to be a highly entertaining comedy film with a good cast of talented actors that make this film worth watching.

  • The Ref makes no concessions to political correctness, it is witty, razor-sharp and well plotted and written and yes mean spirited. _____ It is Christmas Eve. Gus (Denis Leary) is a small time thief, deliberately small time.

  • The Ref is a powerfully funny adult comedy. It skewers marriage, suburban values and the trendy belief that everyone is a victim of something.

  • THE REF opens with shots of a small New England town that could only exist in the movies--IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, let's say. The streets are dusted with perfectly white show, the shop windows ...

  • This week, Gary, Iain and Geoff enjoy the Christmas Holidays with the Ref (1994) by Director Ted Demme. Starring, Denis Leary, Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey.

  • Alan Daly has reviewed the Region 1 release of The Ref , a funny and enjoyably mean-spirited Christmas comedy that features bickering families, a drunken, pissed-off Santa and a sardonic burglar having the worst night of his life.