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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$48,265,581 (USA) (19 December 1997)
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Conrad's use of the pseudonym Seymour Butts and Nicholas' response of, "'Under the Bleachers' by Seymour Butts", is a reference to the joke series "A Book Never Written" featured in Boys' Life (the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America). See more »

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At the airport, Nicholas gets ink on his shirt. When trying to clean it, it's a different shirt. See more »

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Daniel Schorr: [on TV] A staggering 57% of American workers believe there is a very real chance they will be unemployed in the next 5 to 7 years. But what does that matter to a bloated millionaire fat-cat like you?
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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 The Parallax View (1974) See more »

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Elevator Song
Written by William Loose, Don Great and Marc Ferrari
Courtesy of Don Great Music Library/Mastersource
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User Reviews

Michael Douglas at his very best
25 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

"The Game" took me on one psychological thrill ride after another loaded with twists and turns scene after scene.

Michael Douglas pulled off his best performance as Nicholas Van Orton a man who is approaching his birthday. Upon which he receives an invitation to play a game given to him by his brother Conrad played by Sean Penn. Nicholas reluctantly agrees and soon finds out that the game is more than he bargained for.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film because I never knew who was trustworthy or what was going to happen next, this truly was one film that must be seen by those who enjoy never knowing for sure how a movie will turn out.

"The Game" is all Michael Douglas and how well he pulls off his role of being the innocent who happens to be in the middle of a game he can't control. However, a really good movie can not be pulled off by one actor, a whole lot of credit should go to Sean Penn and Deborah Kara Unger for their convincing portrayals in this film.


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