The Ref

The Ref (1994)

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

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 1994-03-09
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 214 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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    Production Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
    Production Jerry Bruckheimer Executive Producer
    Production Don Simpson Executive Producer
    Production Howard Feuer Casting
    Writing Richard LaGravenese Screenplay
    Production Richard LaGravenese Producer
    Production Ronald M. Bozman Producer
    Camera Adam Kimmel Director of Photography
    Art Jaro Dick Set Decoration
    Costume & Make-Up Judianna Makovsky Costume Design
    Crew John Stoneham Jr. Stunts
    Art Dan Davis Production Design
    Art Dennis Davenport Art Direction
    Directing Ted Demme Director
    Editing Jeffrey Wolf Editor
    Sound David A. Stewart Original Music Composer
    Crew Matt Birman Stunts
    Production Marilyn Stonehouse Unit Production Manager
    Sound Matthias Gohl Music Arranger
    Crew Branko Racki Stunt Coordinator
    Crew Rick Forsayeth Stunts
    Costume & Make-Up Irene Kent Makeup Artist
    Directing William Spahic First Assistant Director
    Writing Marie Weiss Screenplay
    Writing Marie Weiss Story
    Production Jeffrey Weiss Producer
    Crew Larry A. McLean Stunts
    Sound Amanda Scheer-Demme Music Consultant
    Sound Bruce Carwardine Sound Mixer
    Directing Andrew Shea First Assistant Director
    Sound Stephen McLaughlin Music Producer
    Crew Mark Brunzell Stunts
    Crew Risa Litwin Stunts
    Crew Helen Scott Stunts