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The Game (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  12 September 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
Charles Martinet ...
Scott Hunter McGuire ...
Young Nicholas
Florentine Mocanu ...
Nicholas' Mother
Daniel Schorr ...
Daniel Schorr
Power Executive


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Igra  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Both Michael Douglas and Sean Penn worked with Oliver Stone before they worked with each other. See more »


When the detective guy follows Nicholas from the hotel, you can sometimes see two people in the car. See more »


Daniel Schorr: [on TV] There's a tiny camera looking at you right now.
Nicholas: That's impossible.
Daniel Schorr: You're right, impossible. You're having a conversation with your television.
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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 »


Referenced in The DiCaprio Code (2006) See more »


Elevator Song
Written by William Loose, Don Great and Marc Ferrari
Courtesy of Don Great Music Library/Mastersource
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As gripping as it gets.
2 August 1998 | by (Grand Rapids, MI) – See all my reviews

Whether you love it or hate it, The Game definitely will not bore you. By far the most engrossing movie I've ever watched. I saw this on the big screen and throughout most of this masterpiece I kept asking myself, "where is this movie going?" For 128 spirited minutes The Game takes your mind and twists it ruthlessly, contorting it in any way it so desires. Michael Douglas is the perfect actor for this role, he played it flawlessly. I love this movie, it's definitely one of my personal favorites.

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