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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Young Nicholas
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Daniel Schorr
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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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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$48,323,648 (USA)
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"The Game" is essentially a modern retelling of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol". Both tell the story of a rich lonely man who on a holiday (birthday or Christmas) view scenes representing the past present and future leading to him reevaluating his life and changing for the better. See more »

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When the detective follows Nicholas from the hotel, there are sometimes two people in the car. See more »

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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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The opening credits shatter in the form of jigsaw puzzle pieces in Reference to the Film's title. See more »

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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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talk about suspense...
11 January 2002 | by (chitown) – See all my reviews

I mean talk about suspension of disbelief! You not only have to do that you have to assume everyone including you are just plain stupid to believe that anything of this complexity could be actually planned out and I mean to a "T". They (the practical planners or whoever they really are) even knew and made perfect "to the foot" precision plans that make us assume that they know what our star will do and at what very moment and in what very precise direction he will display his extreme emotional distress?? I'm trying not to give anything away here so I'm being a little vague but if you've seen the film I hope you know what I mean (hint: it's at the end). I just can't believe Americans waste their money on this kind of absurdity and then actually think they've seen something of quality. This plot has so many holes in it that (I can't come up with a funny line here) well... it just does. The whole point of the movie is to trick the viewer. It's just utter nonsense IMHO. All these big budget slick spectacular movies coming out of Hollywood that have the finest filming and sets and lighting and special effects and superstars... and STUPID plot and characters that still make the American public come out with glazed eyes in droves quite frankly saddens me. I need an escapist movie now and then too but please don't tell me this movie is a serious suspense drama or anything like it. It's escapist at best and at that... it's drivel. I'd prefer a Superman movie to this because at least it's not pretending to be anything else. When I saw the ending of this movie I wanted my money back for the wasted time I had just spent. OK... I'm done. 1 star


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