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The Ref (1994)

R 03/09/1994 (US) ComedyCrimeDrama 1h 37m

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


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


  3. Richard LaGravenese


Top Billed Cast

  1. Denis Leary

    Denis Leary


  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.

    Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.

    Jesse Chasseur

  6. Raymond J. Barry

    Raymond J. Barry

    Lt. Huff

  7. Richard Bright

    Richard Bright


  8. Christine Baranski

    Christine Baranski

    Connie Chasseur

  9. Adam LeFevre

    Adam LeFevre

    Gary Chasseur

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