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Director:
Writers:
David Mamet (screenplay)
Jonathan Katz (story) ...
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Release Date:
14 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
United States of Kiss My Ass See more (103 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 ... Bar Patron (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
 
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
Ron Lynch .... location manager
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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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102 min
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Trivia:
The $6000 check Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) writes to settle the phony debt at the poker game early in the film is dated May 12, 1987. May 12 (1948) is Crouse's birthday.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the end of the film, at the end of the airport baggage area scene viewing Mike and Margaret from above a ventilation duct, Margaret's travel bag is visible on the far left exactly parallel with the edge of the conveyor belt upon which it's placed. But in the next shot from the same view, the bag is at a 45-degree angle from its original position.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Margaret Ford:You took my money.
Mike:How naughty of me.
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Movie Connections:
References Animal House (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Fugue from the Toccata in C MinorSee more »

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44 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
United States of Kiss My Ass, 5 May 2004
Author: ImpQueen from Mars

`The United States of Kiss My Ass'

House of Games is the directional debut from playwright David Mamet and it is an effective and at times surprising psychological thriller. It stars Lindsay Crouse as best-selling psychiatrist, Margaret Ford, who decides to confront the gambler who has driven one of her patients to contemplate suicide. In doing so she leaves the safety and comfort of her somewhat ordinary life behind and travels `downtown' to visit the lowlife place, House of Games.

The gambler Mike (played excellently by Joe Mantegna) turns out to be somewhat sharp and shifty. He offers Crouse's character a deal, if she is willing to sit with him at a game, a big money game in the backroom, he'll cancel the patients debts. The card game ensues and soon the psychiatrist and the gambler are seen to be in a familiar line of work (gaining the trust of others) and a fascinating relationship begins. What makes House of Games interesting and an essential view for any film fan is the constant guessing of who is in control, is it the psychiatrist or the con-man or is it the well-known man of great bluffs David Mamet.

In House of Games the direction is dull and most of the times flat and uninspiring, however in every David Mamet film it is the story which is central to the whole proceedings, not the direction. In House of Games this shines through in part thanks to the superb performances from the two leads (showy and distracting) but mainly as is the case with much of Mamet's work, it is the dialogue, which grips you and slowly draws you into the film. No one in the House of Games says what they mean and conversations become battlegrounds and war of words. Everyone bluffs and double bluffs, which is reminiscent of a poker games natural order. This is a running theme throughout the film and is used to great effect at the right moments to create vast amounts of tension. House of Games can also be viewed as a `class-war' division movie. With Lindsay Crouse we have the middle-class, well-to-do educated psychiatrist and Joe Mantegna is the complete opposite, the working class of America earning a living by `honest' crime.

The film seduces the viewer much like Crouse is seduced by Mantegna and the end result is ultimately a very satisfying piece of American cinema. And the final of the film is definitely something for all to see and watch out for, it's stunning.

An extremely enjoyable film experience that is worth repeated viewings. 9/10

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