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: 6.7/10 from 180 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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  • 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
  • Phillip Nicoll

    as John
  • Ellie Raab

    as Mary
  • Jim Turner

    as Phil
  • Herbie Ade

    as Bartender
  • Ron Gabriel

    as Limo Driver
  • Scott Walker

    as Prosecutor
  • Edward Saxon

    as Reporter
  • Donna Holgate

    as Newscaster
  • Kenneth Utt

    as Jeremiah Willard
  • Marilyn Stonehouse

    as Store Cashier
  • Victoria Mitchell

    as Store Customer
  • Cort Day

    as Salvation Army Volunteer
  • Robert Ridgely

    as Bob Burley
  • John E. Campbell

    as Santa Family #1
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