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Storyline

Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving in to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, and for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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12 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,337,029 (USA) (12 September 1997)

Gross:

$48,265,581 (USA) (19 December 1997)
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Nicholas's "San Francisco" home was actually the historic Filoli Mansion, 25 miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California. The plain gravel forecourt of the mansion was made to look more like a wrap-around driveway by the addition of the fountain, which was constructed of lightweight foam. The interior shots of the kitchen were made in the original time-worn kitchen, which is displayed on tours but no longer used. The kitchen's state of repair is not good, which partially accounts for the very dim lighting used in the kitchen scenes. The scenes in which the walls were defaced with graffiti was done by tacking up lightweight graffiti-painted foamcore boards over the wood paneling. All of the scenes at the mansion were completed in one day. See more »

Goofs

After the pen spills ink on Nicholas' shirt, he goes in the bathroom to try and clean it up. As he leaves the bathroom, he clearly buttons his coat to cover the ink spot, but in the next scene in the restaurant the coat is unbuttoned again. See more »

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Samuel Sutherland: [Nicholas is making rounds at his birthday party] Nicholas, I haven't a *clue* what's going on, but your taste in champagne is excellent, as always.
Anson Baer: It was a *great* entrance!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits shatter in the form of jigsaw puzzle pieces in Reference to the Film's title. See more »

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Spoofs Basic Instinct (1992) See more »

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An insult to the intelligence
14 February 2002 | by (kin ,brazil) – See all my reviews

This movie was made not long after the movies "The usual suspects" and "seven" were made. Both of them had what is called a "surprise ending". I'd bet a year salary that ,after seeing the success of those films, some greedy producer told his stuff "I want you to make me this kind of a movie!!" so the writer first thoght of a surprising end and then had built a movie around it, I don't buy for a second all the other analysis of the movie about "inner layers" or some other crap. This movie was meant to make some money by having a surprise ending and that is all. Well, don't get me wrong I love those kind of movies but I hate when I'm presented with something so illogical and insulting to the intelligence. let me explain why: No one is that smart period. no one can predict what someone is gonna do so accurately, it is IMPOSSIBLE. Imagine a crime scene filled with potential clues, it might take a lot of time figuring out the relevant clues and figuring out who is the killer. Now suppose you know exactly who did it and why, so now (suppose you want to look smart) you know exactly what clues are relevant and how to build the chain of evidence that will lead you to the cuLprit. do that and all the other detectives will think you're the smartest man in the world - It is very easy to know what to do in retrospect. and that is exactly the error of the movie - the writer knew the ending and builT the entire movie around it ,because he knew the answer it is easy to reconstruct the questions! so it easy for him to forsee the hero's actions. but ,as I said, No one is smart enough in real life. You think that someone might be? well. for example, there is a famous problem in physics called the 3 body problem: you have 3 bodies revolving around each other and you have to know (knowing the start \ point) their position after an arbitrary time. the equations governing their movement aren't very complicated but even the most powerful supercomputers cannot do that in a reasonable time. only 3 bodies!!!

And in the movie we have much much much more complicated thing -real people, the real world etc. so You're gonna tell me that a small group of actors can predict all what the hero would do in such accuracy? don't make me laugh.

As i said this movie was made to make money by having a surprise ending and It has done so and let all laws of logic be gone to hell.

this movie was awful and an utter insult to the intelligence of anyone with I.Q over 60.


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