The Ref

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Caroline and Lloyd (Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey) 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. read more
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Caroline and Lloyd (Judy Davis and Kevin Spacey) 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. Such is the premise of the acerbic comedy The Ref, which shows what happens when this quarrelsome duo is taken hostage. The gunman is Gus (Denis Leary), 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.

Original Release

03/09/1994

US Release

03/09/1994

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Cast

Denis Leary Gus
Judy Davis Caroline / Caroline Chasseur
Kevin Spacey Lloyd / Lloyd Chasseur
Glynis Johns Rose / Rose Chasseur
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. Jesse / Jesse Chasseur
Raymond J. Barry Huff / Lt. Huff
Richard Bright Murray
Christine Baranski Connie / Connie Chasseur
Adam LeFevre Gary / Gary Chasseur
J.K. Simmons Siskel
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ted Demme

Writers

Richard LaGravenese, Marie Weiss

Cast

Denis Leary Gus
Judy Davis Caroline / Caroline Chasseur
Kevin Spacey Lloyd / Lloyd Chasseur
Glynis Johns Rose / Rose Chasseur
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. Jesse / Jesse Chasseur
Raymond J. Barry Huff / Lt. Huff
Richard Bright Murray
Christine Baranski Connie / Connie Chasseur
Adam LeFevre Gary / Gary Chasseur
J.K. Simmons Siskel
BD Wong Dr. Wong, Marriage Counselor
John Scurti Steve / Lt. Steve Milford
Ellie Raab Mary
Matt Birman Driving Cop
Phillip Nicoll John
Bill Raymond George
Jim Turner Phil
Herbie Ade Bartender
Ron Gabriel Limo Driver
Edward Saxon Reporter

Producers

Jerry Bruckheimer Executive Producer
Don Simpson Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Jeffrey Weiss Producer
Ron Bozman Producer
Richard LaGravenese Producer

Editors

Jeffrey Wolf

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