Dangerous Game (1993)
"Snake Eyes" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 November 1993 (USA)
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A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Israel
Sarah Jennings
Francis Burns
Nancy Ferrara ...
Madlyn Israel
Reilly Murphy ...
Director of Photography
Prop Guy
Heather Bracken ...
Burns' Buddy
Niki Munroe ...
Girl in Trailer
Lori Eastside ...
Party Guest
Party Guest
Adina Winston ...
Party Guest
Party Guest


Eddie Israel is a moviemaker. He is beginning the shooting of "The mother of mirrors", starring Francis Burns and Sarah Jennings. "The mother of mirrors" is the story of the last night of a couple falling into decay. Eddie is very demanding with the actors, and the heavy atmosphere of the film acts upon the daily life of the protagonists. Written by Yepok

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasively strong language, explicit sexuality, and drug use | See all certifications »





Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Game  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$72,495 (USA)

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(Unrated Director's Cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Abel Ferrara's first choice for the role of Sarah was director Jane Campion but she turned it down. See more »


Sarah Jennings: He kicked the door open and he said: "take your clothes off and lie down!" And he tried to rape me but I guess my body was so rigid that he couldn't. And then he started calling me a disgusting lesbian, a stupid dyke, a pathetic piece of shit and that if he couldn't get it into my pussy then he was gonna make me suck it. And I remember... I don't know what I remember, I just remember this horrible choking feeling. And he suddenly got up and dragged me over the side of the roof by my hair, and ...
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1993 (1994) See more »


Written by Nicholas St. John and Joe Delia
Vocals by Nicholas St. John
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Infidelity, Sex, Drugs and Booze
19 April 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While shooting a movie in Los Angeles about the abused wife Sarah Jennings (Madonna) that has converted to Christian and her husband Francis Burns (James Russo) that misses their orgies, the New Yorker director Eddie Israel (Harvey Keitel) pushes his lead actor and actress to the edge affecting their real lives. Eddie has one brief affair with Sarah but he feels also affected by his work and confesses the truth about his many infidelities to his wife Mad Israel (Nancy Ferrara), blurring fiction and reality and destroying his marriage.

"Dangerous Game" is a sort of experimental "movie within a movie" showing a parallel journey to hell of the character, lead actor and director blended with sex, drugs and booze. The result is a strange and unpleasant movie but very well acted, especially by Madonna that has a magnificent and very convincing performance. It is not entertaining and certainly not the best film of Abel Ferrara, but for fans like me it is worthwhile watching it. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Olhos de Serpente" ("Eyes of Snake")

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