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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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$48,265,581 (USA) (19 December 1997)
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Trivia

Michael Douglas produced Face/off 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 Travolta and Cage before. See more »

Goofs

The sign on the gate to Nicholas Van Orton's house says for auction due to "forclosure" - should be spelled "foreclosure". See more »

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Conrad: They just fuck you and they fuck you and they fuck you, and then just when you think it's all over, that's when the real fucking starts!
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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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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Little Boys (2007) See more »

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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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....and when it was all over, I was blown away
18 April 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Very few films have captured my attention the way The Game did. Every turn, every corner seemed to have some hint of intrigue and deception. This film would be the life's work for any major film maker, but then again, this David Fincher were talking about.

Years from now, when Fincher is honored with his lifetime achievement award at the Academy Awards, his true fans will always remember this film. It put a whole new twist on the idea of "plot-twist." One of the few films me and my father both liked (we never agree on any film).


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