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The Game (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  12 September 1997 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
Charles Martinet ...
Scott Hunter McGuire ...
Young Nicholas
Florentine Mocanu ...
Nicholas' Mother
Daniel Schorr ...
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 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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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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Though the idea of drastically manipulating one's life, as it was done in the movie, may seem far-fetched or almost impossible, it does take place in real life, involving real people, and used as psychological operations or "psyops", overseen and controlled by various local and federal governments in United States. See more »


Christine spills wine on herself and Nicholas, but it soon disappears from her shirt. See more »


Nicholas: You don't know anything about society, Marie; you don't have the satisfaction of avoiding it.
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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 »


References Midnight Madness (1980) See more »


Hiawatha's Lullaby
Written by Walter Donaldson and Joe Young
Performed by The Red Clay Ramblers
Courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
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An intelligent tale from start to finish.
5 March 2001 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Let me just tell you that, as a middle aged film buff, I have seen my share of flicks, good and bad. Very few rate as high as "The Game" in entertainment value. "The Game" is most definitely one of the "most fun" movies to hit the silver screen in a long time. Filled with plot twists and turns, this film takes the movie-goer on a psychological roller coaster ride from the tile screens to the final credit roll.

"The Game" is truly an intelligent tale, sort of a brain teaser that you get to watch and listen to, with a time limit. You have just 128 minutes to solve this, and chances are, like me, you'll be hanging on the solution to this puzzle until the very end.

The script was well written by a writer who clearly understands the needs of an adult audience. Yes, we like our fun but we like to exercise our brains once in a while also. And let there be no mistake about the great performances offered here by Michael Douglas and his co-stars. I was engrossed by all and couldn't take my eyes of the screen.

There is plenty for everybody here. Fun for all. A big winner in my book and definitely on my list of all time favorites. Get it and enjoy the ride!

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