The Ref

(1994)

Overview

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.

  1. Marie Weiss

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Ted Demme

    Director

  3. Richard LaGravenese

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Denis Leary

    Denis Leary

    Gus

  2. Judy Davis

    Judy Davis

    Caroline Chasseur

  3. Kevin Spacey

    Kevin Spacey

    Lloyd Chasseur

  4. Glynis Johns

    Glynis Johns

    Rose Chasseur

  5. Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

    Jesse Chasseur

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The Ref
The Ref

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Status Released

Release Information

  • March 9, 1994
    R
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 37m

Budget $11,000,000.00

Revenue $11,439,193.00

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