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Wealthy San Francisco financier Nicholas Van Orton gets a strange birthday present from wayward brother Conrad: a live-action game that consumes his life.

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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 up 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:

DEM 12,612,526 (Germany) (16 January 1998)
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Trivia

When Nicholas Van Orton enters his suite at the Hotel Nikko, adult film star Tony Tedeschi is briefly visible on television. See more »

Goofs

When Ilsa enters the study when Orton is talking to his TV, the TV reverts back to the news twice - once in the close-up and again in the wide-shot from the door. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas: I got this key out of a mouth of this... wooden clown.
Christine: ...Never mind.
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The opening credits shatter in the form of jigsaw puzzle pieces in Reference to the Film's title. See more »

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References Seconds (1966) See more »

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Java Headed Woman
Written by Dale Peterson
Performed by The Rhythm Lords
Courtesy of Mastersource
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....and when it was all over, I was blown away
18 April 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Very few films have captured my attention the way The Game did. Every turn, every corner seemed to have some hint of intrigue and deception. This film would be the life's work for any major film maker, but then again, this David Fincher were talking about.

Years from now, when Fincher is honored with his lifetime achievement award at the Academy Awards, his true fans will always remember this film. It put a whole new twist on the idea of "plot-twist." One of the few films me and my father both liked (we never agree on any film).


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