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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Israel
Francis Burns
Nancy Ferrara ...
Madlyn Israel
Reilly Murphy ...
Director of Photography
Prop Guy
Christina Fulton ...
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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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$72,495 (USA)

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Technical Specs


(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: Why did God create men? Because vibrators can't mow the lawn.
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Features Burden of Dreams (1982) See more »


Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

A Strange Movie...
10 January 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Being a HUGE Madonna fan I had to have this film. Dangerous Game is good and bad for many reasons. First.. It's confusing...but mainly because you don't know where the characters who are playing characters start and end. But that also may be what the director intended.

Second.. the editing.. it was rushed or done on equipment that was of little quality. There are times when the dubs are not with the video.. some parts are a mess.. but again.. intended or not?

Thirdly the acting. Keitel is ... well... Keitel... not too much of a stretch.. Keitel, Russo, and Madonna often times seem to improvise... few lines seem scripted.

Sidebar on Madonna and acting...

Madonna usually has a shining moment or two in most of her films, but more often than not Madonna and acting don't mix. I can say that because I am a Madonna fan. Madonna is the "Queen Of Deadpan," she says a line and... NOTHING. She seems to be thinking about her next line while the other person is speaking, which hinders delivery and expression... plus she blinks WAY too much. Those are her biggest acting flaws... DIRECTORS TAKE NOTE... I summed it up... VOILA!

But I digress...

In Dangerous Game, Madonna shows us some of her BEST ACTING TO DATE! There are countless scenes where she is not left to carry the film. She lets her hair down and is actually believable. The scene near the end.. with Keitel actually egging her on to get a REAL reaction. "You think you're so smart"... is BRILLIANT!

Finally... Often times there are scenes where the director seems to use genuine behind-the-scenes footage of Madonna, Keitel and Russo. Sadly the only reason I say this is because Madonna's acting is too good and her performance too genuine. This again confuses the audience. Intended or not?

This film is extremely choppy... very gritty... very dirty... very raw... very sick... very violent..

but very boring in some sections...

I didn't enjoy this film the first time I saw it, and often times I fast forward through scenes when I watch it today. But, the film does have some quality to it that makes you ask... Was that supposed to happen? Is that Madonna or Sarah or what? Did they? Did She? Oh My!

If you like a movie where the ending is not black and white you'll enjoy Dangerous Game.

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