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The Game (1997)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas' Father
Scott Hunter McGuire ...
Young Nicholas
Florentine Mocanu ...
Nicholas' Mother
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 in to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The object of the game is to discover the object of.... The Game 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


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michael Douglas produced Face/Off (1997) that very same year starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Tommy Flanagan in this film also appeared in that film as well. Sean Penn worked with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage before as well, in She's So Lovely (1997) and Racing with the Moon (1984), respectively. See more »


In the elevator scene, Nicholas climbs up and grabs the cables with both hands to pull himself up first. Then after he helps Christine pull her up after him, one of his hand's is clean and no grease is on his shirt. See more »


New Member Ted: This was the best one *ever*!
Jim Feingold: [shakes Nicholas's hand] You know, thank God you jumped, because if you didn't, I was supposed to throw you off!
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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 »


Featured in The Game: Behind the Scenes (1997) See more »


Additional music cues courtesy of Killer Tracks
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User Reviews

Just when you got the plot, it turns upon you
30 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This has to be one of the more interesting psychological thrillers made recently. Just when you think you got ahold of the plot it changes! Playing with "the implicit viewer" this movie has a tendency to constantly surprise and redefine itself in relation to the "expectancy horizon". What a wonderful positive redefinition of "Seven", culminating in a refinement of the human nature and at the same time leaving the viewer with a subtle taste of the "rosicrucian initiation" in the mouth.

Definitly worth a view!

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