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By Gunnar Heinrich | IMG MGM via YouTube

JOHN Frankenheimer must have employed every stunt man in France for this scene.

Above is a still shot from a fast action scene shot in Paris for Ronin (1998). Ronin is one of those seminal gear head flicks where, if you love cars and car chases, entertainment just doesn’t get any better than this. That the movie’s plot is generally thin…really doesn’t phase us.

Since Ronin, of course there have been plenty of films that focus almost exclusively on car chases… the Transporter films, Transformers, The Fast and The Furious, and Gone in 60 Seconds, come readily to mind.

But for the sheer range of Euro stock cars and cool localesĀ  (ex. Mr. Frankenheimer’s actually shooting on Parisian arteries and not in Hollywood back lots) Ronin really takes the cake.

So, if you all the above spikes your interest, enjoy this implaussibly matched chase sequence between an E34 M5 and Peugeot 406 and watch DeNiro, Jean Reno, and Natascha McElhone tear up les rues de Paris.

May 29, 2009
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About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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  1. Frankenhiemer is responsible for three of my favotite movies: The Manchurian Candidate, Grand Prix, and Ronin.

    While Ronin is the weakest of the three, the car chases are simply incredible.

    There was a special on SPEED for the anniversary of Grand Prix, and the stories by Frankenheimer and James Garner were very enlightening.

    Simply put, Grand Prix is the finest movie of its kind ever made. Safety and logistical problems mean such a movie could never be made again. The authorities would never allow a cameraman to hang out a helicopter flying at 150 mph, 20 feet off the ground in the rain (at Spa) to film an actual grand prix.

  2. I’ll have to rent it!

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