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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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Young Nicholas
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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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birthday | suicide | game | 1990s | watching tv | See more »

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John 9;25: "I was blind, but now I see." See more »


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

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,400,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

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

When Mr. van Orton went to Christine's house there was a cable repair service van outside, which initials are "CRS" See more »

Goofs

The sign on the gate to Nicholas Van Orton's house says for auction due to "forclosure" - should be spelled "foreclosure". See more »

Quotes

Nicholas: I don't care about the money. I'm pulling back the curtain. I want to meet the wizard.
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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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Soundtracks

Going Out Of My Head
Written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein
Performed by Willie Bobo
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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The most unrealistic attempt at realism, I have ever seen.
1 October 2000 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The most unrealistic attempt at realism, I have ever seen. The acting is flawless, unfortunately it's within a ridiculous plot that is not only depressing, but unrealistic to the point that it loses your attention. The ending is the worst part as it finally puts it all in perspective. The point of this movie was . . . nothing. Nothign was the point. I can't believe this movie was made, but moreso, I can't believe how much talent and effort was wasted in the process.


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