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The Game (1997)

After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

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Nicholas' Father
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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 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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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,337,029, 14 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,323,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,423,648
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

One of the CRS paramedic actors in the movie was a real paramedic in San Francisco. He got called in last minute to shoot a scene just as his 12-hour shift on the actual ambulance ended, so he showed up wearing his work uniform. The wardrobe department gave him the CRS Paramedic uniform and he changed into it, leaving his work uniform on the bed.

After filming, he returned to his assigned room and found that his personal uniform was missing. Apparently, the wardrobe department thought it was one of theirs and took it for cleaning. He had to wait for nearly an hour while they located and returned his uniform so he could change back into it and go home. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Nicholas: And you really believe that just because you publish children's books, people are going to care about my reputation? You can have pictures of me wearing nipple rings, butt-fucking Captain Kangaroo. The only thing they care about is the stock and whether that stock is up or down!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in A Beautiful Mind (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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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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