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Writers:
David Mamet (screenplay)
Jonathan Katz (story) ...
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Release Date:
14 October 1987 (USA) See more »
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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:
Riveting, disturbing... near-flawless psychological suspense See more (116 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lindsay Crouse ... Margaret Ford

Joe Mantegna ... Mike

Mike Nussbaum ... Joey

Lilia Skala ... Dr. Littauer

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

Steven Goldstein ... Billy Hahn (as Steve Goldstein)

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)
 
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102 min
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This was originally intended to be a larger-budget film with many "name" actors, but David Mamet chose to direct on his own with his wife (Crouse) and friends (Mantegna) in the cast.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Margaret starts to figure out she's been scammed, she goes to the bar where Mike and the guys hang out. It is pouring rain and she is soaking wet. After she goes in the back door of the bar she is dry.See more »
Quotes:
Mike:[after being shot] Thank you, sir. May I have another?See more »
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Soundtrack:
This True Love Stopped For You (But Not For Me)See more »

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27 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Riveting, disturbing... near-flawless psychological suspense, 15 May 2000
Author: Cathy Young (cathyyoung63@aol.com) from Middletown, NJ

If your idea of a thriller is car chases, explosions, and dozens of people being mowed down by gunfire, then "House of Games" is definitely not the movie for you. If you like and appreciate psychological drama and suspense, then, by all means, see it.

"House of Games" tells the story of an esteemed psychologist and writer, Dr. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse), who tries to help a patient and gets involved in the shadowy world of con men led by the charismatic Mike (Joe Mantegna). To say anything more about the plot would ruin the suspense. Frankly, I find it hard to believe anyone who says they saw the twists coming. Just like a clever con artist, this movie draws you into its web and lulls your vigilance.

The story is taut and well-crafted, the dialogue smart and laconic, the acting uniformly good (Mantegna is superbly charismatic). Some have complained that Dr. Ford is not a very sympathetic character, and wondered why Mamet would make Lindsay Crouse look so physically unattractive. But Dr. Ford is supposed to be cold and aloof; moreover, her homeliness is in a way essential to the plot (at one point, I believe that an injury to her sexual self-esteem is a key part of her motivation ... I'll say no more).

"House of Games" is a dark look at the underside of human nature that concludes on a note of discomforting ambiguity. It will hold your attention every second while you are watching, and stay with you for a long time afterwards.

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