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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
Willo Hausman ...
Girl with Book
Karen Kohlhaas ...
Prison Ward Patient
Steven Goldstein ...
Billy Hahn
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Bartender - House of Games
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George / Vegas Man
G. Roy Levin ...
Poker Player
Bob Lumbra ...
Poker Player
Andy Potok ...
Poker Player
Allen Soule ...
Poker Player
Ben Blakeman ...
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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14 October 1987 (USA)  »

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$2,585,639 (USA)
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According to Mamet, despite the excellent reviews the film received in a limited showing in four theaters, Orion decided against spending the money for the prints and publicity that would have accompanied a general release and sent the film almost directly to TV and video. 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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Dr. Littauer: When you have done something unforgivable, I'll tell you exactly what to do. You forgive yourself.
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References Meteor (1979) See more »

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Fugue from the Toccata in C Minor
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Performed by Warren Bernhardt, piano
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Intriguing elements in a film about con-artists that is apt to split audiences right down the middle...
8 June 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Screenwriter David Mamet also made his directing debut with this frosty but absorbing puzzler which offers wonderful acting roles for both Joe Mantegna and Lindsay Crouse (Mamet's wife at the time). Cool-headed female psychiatrist and author attempts to help one of her patients, a gambling-addict deep in debt and afraid of being bumped off, by meeting with the modern-day hood who holds all the cards; soon, she becomes involved in a whirlpool of deceit and swindle, where nothing is quite as it seems. Hall-of-mirrors styled scenario keeps the audience engrossed without being too much of a cheat; only after the film is finished do the implausibilities seem glaring (some viewers may scoff much earlier). Certainly worth-seeing once for Mamet's patented tough-guy dialogue and his amusingly twisted narrative, as well as for the solid lead performances. ** from ****


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