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Dangerous Game (1993)

Snake Eyes (original title)
R | | Drama | 19 November 1993 (USA)
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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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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Rated R for pervasively strong language, explicit sexuality, and drug use | See all certifications »
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19 November 1993 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$72,495 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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This film reunited Abel Ferrara and Harvey Keitel, both whom collaborated on Bad Lieutenant (1992) the year before. See more »

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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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COME ON OUT BABY
Written by Nicholas St. John and Joe Delia
Vocals by Nicholas St. John
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Harvey Keitel as a movie director losing his wife to his artistic aspirations
15 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Dangerous Game" (1993) requires a perspective to understand. Harvey Keitel plays a movie director working in L.A. while his wife and children are in New York. The movie he's working on has two stars (Madonna and James Russo) playing a married couple who are breaking up. We see them as actors and we see them off the set. As actors, they have two different styles, and Keitel as director is having a difficult time making his movie work. He's constantly providing them with the psychological motivations of the two characters, but he's not really extracting moving performances from them. Madonna and Russo are playing the parts of mediocre actors, and playing these parts well enough. It's easy to get confused here.

Keitel's character is intense and thorough in his understanding, but his director character is also mediocre, in my judgment, because he cannot get decent results. The scenes we see (within the film being made) are never moving. Meanwhile both Russo and Keitel have slept with Madonna, and Keitel's wife almost discovered them in bed. The real married life of Keitel begins to resemble the movie life of Russo and Madonna.

Because so much of this movie deals with the attempt to make a good movie and get the acting to seem real, the fact that it's not turning out to be a good movie and we as viewers have to endure the presumably intentional off-target acting of Russo's husband character and his temper tantrums, the movie is far from engaging. It's hard to think of reasons why we'd want to make this one a favorite for repeat viewing.

The movie seems to be telling us how challenging and all-consuming it is to get good acting and create a satisfying movie. It seems that marriages crack under the strain. The temptations of unfaithfulness to one's spouse cannot be resisted. The striving to understand a character has fallout on one's own life. I think these themes were brought out in more or less turgid fashion in this movie. It's about average and that's what the IMDb rating of 5.7 suggests.


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