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House of Games (1987)

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A psychiatrist comes to the aid of a compulsive gambler and is led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

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Margaret Ford
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Mike
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Joey
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Dr. Maria Littauer
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The Businessman
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Girl with Book
Karen Kohlhaas ...
Prison Ward Patient
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Billy Hahn
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Bartender - House of Games
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George / Vegas Man
G. Roy Levin ...
Poker Player
Bob Lumbra ...
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Andy Potok ...
Poker Player
Allen Soule ...
Poker Player
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Bartender - Charlie's Tavern
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A famous psychologist, Margaret Ford, decides to try to help one of her patients get out of a gambling debt. She visits the bar where Mike, to whom the debt is owed, runs poker games. He convinces her to help him in a game: her assignment is to look for "tells", or give-away body language. What seems easy to her becomes much more complex. Written by John J. Magee <magee@helix.mgh.harvard.edu>

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Where the game is never over. See more »


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Mamet's first film as director. He replaced the original first choice, Peter Yates. See more »

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After Mike supposedly loses the game, he remains with his both hands on the table. Next shot he is holding the cigarette in front of his face, with his elbow leaning on the table. See more »

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Mike: Everybody gets something out of every transaction.
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References Animal House (1978) See more »

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This True Love Stopped For You (But Not For Me)
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Sung by June Shellene
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The art of the grift exposed
29 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

HOUSE OF GAMES is one of those David mamet films I see and I sit in the theatre and say to myself I wish I could write like that. He uses hustles and con artists as a backdrop on the art of the lie and theft. lie the person who blows you a kiss and tells you they love you and behind your back is plotting your destruction. The film stars JOE MANTEGA and LINSAY CROUSE as hustlers trying to eek out a dishonest buck, Mantenga teachers Crouse the art of the grift, or the quick buck lie. The film uses a noir art house look which is refreshing. I haven't seen a good movie in a longtime. I remember ones like this and I smile, at least this was worth the price of admission as something enjoyable. There are very few films I go see now, most are pre-packaged teen skewing crap. (To each their own)I still find jewels in foreign cinema and tv. I keep hoping for a beakthrough. This film will not appeal to everyone but has a quality to it in prose and style and characterization lacking from most movies.


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