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House of Games -- A famous psychologist, Margaret Ford, decides to try to help one of her patients get out of a gambling debt.
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Director:
Writers:
David Mamet (screenplay)
Jonathan Katz (story) ...
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Release Date:
14 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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Nothing is as it seems. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(39 articles)
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User Reviews:
Who Gets Conned Here? See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lindsay Crouse ... Margaret Ford

Joe Mantegna ... Mike

Mike Nussbaum ... Joey

Lilia Skala ... Dr. Maria Littauer

J.T. Walsh ... The Businessman
Willo Hausman ... Girl with Book
Karen Kohlhaas ... Prison Ward Patient

Steven Goldstein ... Billy Hahn

Jack Wallace ... Bartender - House of Games

Ricky Jay ... 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
Scott Zigler ... Western Union Clerk

William H. Macy ... Sgt. Moran (as W.H. Macy)

John Pritchett ... Hotel Desk Clerk

Meshach Taylor ... Mr. Dean
Johnny 'Sugarbear' Willis ... Hotel Doorman (as Sugarbear Willis)
Josh Conescu ... Garage Attendant
Julie Mendenhall ... Late Student
Rachel Cline ... Student
Patricia Wolff ... Patient - Ford's Office
Paul Walsh ... Man in Restaurant
Roberta Maguire ... Restaurant Hostess
Jacqueline de La Chaume ... Woman with Lighter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Nelson ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Directed by
David Mamet 
 
Writing credits
David Mamet (screenplay)

Jonathan Katz (story) &
David Mamet (story)

Produced by
Michael Hausman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alaric Jans 
 
Cinematography by
Juan Ruiz Anchía (director of photography) (as Juan Ruiz Anchia)
 
Film Editing by
Trudy Ship 
 
Casting by
Cyrena Hausman 
 
Production Design by
Michael Merritt 
 
Set Decoration by
Derek R. Hill  (as Derek Hill)
 
Costume Design by
Nan Cibula 
 
Makeup Department
Laurent Delouya .... hair stylist: Mr. Mantegna
Erin Lyons .... hair stylist
Gregory Villamil .... hair stylist: Ms. Crouse
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup artist (as Pamela Westmore)
 
Production Management
Lee R. Mayes .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ned Dowd .... first assistant director
Michael Hausman .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff Balsmeyer .... storyboard artist (as Jeffrey Balsmeyer)
Valerie Ross .... property assistant
Samara Schaffer .... property master
J. Grey Smith .... leadman (as Grey Smith)
Jeffrey P. Soderberg .... set dresser (as Jeff Soderberg)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... boom operator
Suki Buchman .... assistant sound editor (as Susan Buchman)
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor (as Anthony John Ciccolini III)
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... assistant sound editor (as Pam DeMetruis)
Kathleen Earle Killeen .... assistant sound editor (as Kathy Killeen)
Thomas A. Gulino .... sound editor
John Pritchett .... sound mixer
Marc S. Shaw .... adr editor
Gail Showalter .... assistant sound editor
Jeffrey Stern .... sound editor
Jacqueline Tager .... assistant sound editor (as Jacqui Tager)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording supervisor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Robert G. Willard .... special effects: Special Effects Unlimited (as Robert Willard)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer (as Michael Barrow)
Michael F. Barrow .... grip equipment (as Michael Barrow)
Michael F. Barrow .... lighting equipment (as Michael Barrow)
Martin Bosworth .... grip (as Marty Bosworth)
Chris Centrella .... key dolly grip
Henry Cline .... second assistant camera
Geoffrey Coburn .... electrician
Robert Diehl .... electrician
Bill Flick .... grip
Lars Larson .... grip
Mark Lorge .... electrician
Hugh McCallum .... best boy grip
Robert McClure .... electrician (as Robbie McClure)
John Merriman .... best boy electric
George Mooradian .... first assistant camera
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Michael Sudmeier .... electrician
Greg White-Wiegand .... electrician
Quintin Woo .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Candace Blake .... wardrobe assistant
Dawn Johnson .... costumer
Sally Roberts .... wardrobe assistant
Sally Roberts .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter B. Ellis .... apprentice editor
K.F. Ligammari .... apprentice editor
Colleen Sharp .... apprentice editor
Barbara Tulliver .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Ron Lynch .... location manager
 
Music Department
Suzana Peric .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Gregory W. Anderson .... driver (as Gregory Anderson)
Jerry Jackson .... transportation coordinator
Jon McCarthy .... driver (as Jon R. McCarthy)
David Milchen .... driver captain
 
Other crew
Alexa Albert .... production assistant
Rachel Cline .... assistant to producer
Liz Dixon .... coach
Liz Dixon .... consultant
Peter Hutcheson .... production assistant
Kevin Hyman .... production accountant
Ricky Jay .... consultant: confidence games
Richard Lorenzana .... financial representative
Susan McBrine .... caterer: Mac B's (as Susan MacBrine)
Ivan Passer Jr. .... production assistant
P.J. Pettiette .... dailies courier
Deborah Pritchett .... production office coordinator
Cathy Sarkowsky .... production office coordinator
Sheila Thompson .... craft service
Lynn Wegenka .... key production assistant
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Patricia Wolff .... production assistant
Scott Zigler .... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Jonathan Sheinberg .... Head of Production Orion Pictures (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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102 min
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Trivia:
The hotel room that Mike takes Margaret to is room #1138 which is yet another reference to George Lucas's THX 1138 (1971).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Margaret first shoots Mike, a hole appears in his upper right pant leg; however, he grabs the part of his leg just behind his knee (well below the hole).See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Dean:Mike, how did you know she was gonna go for it?
Mike:Go for it? Hey, the broad's an addict!
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Soundtrack:
Fugue from the Toccata in C MinorSee more »

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19 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Who Gets Conned Here?, 1 May 2003
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

I've viewed this film four times and at each viewing my interest was piqued a little more and I appreciated the film a little more. Granted the stylized approach is a little off-putting at first, but on repeated viewings, it becomes appropriate in the context of the film. Lindsay Crouse,(Mamet's wife at the time), plays a psychiatrist who methodically approaches her treatment of her patients, is a very closed person, and seemingly unfulfilled; hence, her interest and eventual immersion into the activities happening in the House of Games. Her almost robotic reading of the lines seems to fit her screen personality. She is at first curious and then becomes obsessed with Joe Mantegna and his way of life. As we will see, she plays right into his hands, and so do we. I won't go into detail about the story and it's strengths since it has been said better in previous reviews on this board. But the big con is on us, the viewers......we think we know what is happening...in fact we think we know several times. WRONG!! The ending will blow you away and if you figured it out, you need to be working the con game. This is a strange, almost erotic movie that will fascinate you, even though it might take a couple a viewings to fully appreciate it.

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