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Funny Games (2007) More at IMDbPro »Funny Games U.S. (original title)

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Funny Games -- Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
Funny Games -- Clip: She's not that old
Funny Games -- Interview: Naomi Watts "On the plot"
Funny Games -- Two psychotic young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
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Director:
Writer:
Michael Haneke (written by)
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Release Date:
27 March 2008 (Greece) See more »
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Plot:
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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You might hate it or love it but everyone should give this a chance See more (418 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
Michael Haneke (written by)

Produced by
Philippe Aigle .... executive producer
Rene Bastian .... co-producer
Christian Baute .... producer
Adam Brightman .... co-producer
Chris Coen .... producer
Skady Lis .... associate producer
Stefano Massenzi .... associate producer
Hamish McAlpine .... producer
Pascal Metge .... line producer
Charlotte Mickie .... associate producer
Linda Moran .... co-producer
Andrea Occhipinti .... co-producer
Hengameh Panahi .... producer
Valerie Romer .... line producer
Jonathan Schwartz .... co-producer
Carol Siller .... executive producer (as Carole Siller)
Andro Steinborn .... producer
Douglas Steiner .... executive producer
Naomi Watts .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Darius Khondji 
 
Film Editing by
Monika Willi 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Elaine Grainger 
Billy Hopkins 
Johanna Ray 
Paul Schnee 
Suzanne Smith 
 
Production Design by
Kevin Thompson 
 
Art Direction by
Hinju Kim 
 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Meis DeMarco 
 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Michal Bigger .... makeup department head
Thom Gonzales .... key hair stylist
Gail McGuire .... assistant hair stylist
Rita Ogden .... key makeup artist
Francesca Paris .... hair department head
Waldemar Pokromski .... prosthetic makeup consultant
Louie Zakarian .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Nicola Westermann .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Graham .... second assistant director
Urs Hirschbiegel .... first assistant director
Patrick Huber .... second second assistant director
Justin Ritson .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Pastor Alvarado III .... assistant property master
Kenneth Brzozowski .... key carpenter
Neil Driscoll Jr. .... lead man
Samantha Feltus .... construction office production assistant
Carl Ferrara .... set dresser
Gerard J. Furey .... set construction foreman
Alex Gorodetsky .... charge scenic artist
Michael D. Harrell .... props
Kevin Hayden .... set dresser
Beth Kuhn .... assistant art director
Leann Murphy .... art department coordinator
Ken Nelson .... construction coordinator
Monika Nguyen .... art department intern
Quang Nguyen .... scenic foreperson
Susan Perlman .... set dressing shopper
Daniel Rosenfeld .... scenic shopman
Duke Scoppa .... property master
Mark Paul Selemon .... greens person
Theo Sena .... on-set dresser
Christopher Weiser .... scenic artist
Tim Zydel .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Pierre Martens .... sound recordist
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Teferra McKenzie .... second boom operator
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer
 
Stunts
Bruce Barnes .... marine stunts
Chris Barnes .... marine coordinator
Chris Barnes .... water stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Galpin .... safety diver
Kevin Rogers .... stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Olga Abramson .... camera production assistant
Braden Belmonte .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Braden Belmonte .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
James Boniece .... key rigging grip
Vincent Camuto .... video playback technician
Paul Candrilli .... best boy grip
Andrew Cheung .... grip
Peter Colavito .... rigging electrician
Gene Engels .... gaffer
Robert Falcone .... rigging electrician
Michael Gallart .... lighting console operator
Dylan Goss .... aerial director of photography
Chris Henry .... rigging electric
Philip Kathrens .... lamp operator
Daniel Katz .... lighting technician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip
Jeff Lomaglio .... grip
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip
Lance Mayer .... libra head operator
Frances 'Buddy' McBride .... rigging gaffer
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy rigging grip
John Milcetic .... best boy electric
Felipe Reinheimer .... assistant camera
Felipe Reinheimer .... camera operator
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer
Lewis Sadler .... electrician
Marshall Stief .... assistant camera: aerial unit
Brian Stocklin .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Jenny Jue .... casting associate
Jessica Kelly .... casting assistant
Kristen Paladino .... extras casting
Paul Schnee .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandi Figueroa .... costume supervisor
Lee Harper .... assistant costume designer
Deirdre Wegner .... wardrobe shopper
 
Editorial Department
Justin Krohn .... assistant editor
Thomas Treu .... assistant editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
 
Transportation Department
Dexter Roberts .... transportation
Steven Truckenmiller .... driver
 
Other crew
Lauren Barnhart .... assistant: Naomi Watts
Annica Bellander .... marketing manager
Tanya Blumstein .... adr dialogue coach: Tim Roth
Mauro Bossi .... stand-in: Michael Pitt
Jean Sebastien Brettes .... assistant: Michael Haneke
Adam R. Brown .... office production intern
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel
Brian Cantaldi .... production accountant
Andrew Cesana .... additional production assistant
Beth Charlesworth .... set intern
Leslie Collins .... set nurse
Emma Cooper .... unit publicist
Jeremy Crane .... production coordinator
Blake Davis .... production office assistant
Jason Dean .... assistant coordinator
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant
Katie Dixon .... production assistant
Kelly Meyer Douglas .... housing coordinator
Nell Drake .... accounting assistant
Justin Geisenberger .... photo double: Georgie
Audra Gorman .... location scout
Wayne Han .... production assistant
Scott Matthew Harris .... stand-in: Tim Roth (as Scott Harris)
Jules Hartley .... photo double: Ann
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach (as Elizabeth Himelstein Reynolds)
Diane Hounsell .... script supervisor
Liz Huizinga .... assistant accountant
Jason Kadlec .... location scout
Scotty Katzmann .... stand-in
Lodge Kerrigan .... script consultant
Benjamin-Lew Klon .... set intern
Bronson Lamb .... production assistant
Kristina Lee .... assistant production coordinator
Skady Lis .... production executive
Randy Manion .... location manager
Rik Nagel .... location scout
Elizabeth Newman .... assistant: Tim Roth (as Elizabeth V. Newman)
Watari Nishida .... talent wrangler
Mike O'Neill .... location assistant
Cicely Osborne .... stand-in: Naomi Watts (as Cicely Osbourne)
Matteo Peirone .... production assistant
Robert Peters .... stand-in
Christina Adkinson Potter .... animal trainer
Kathrin Resetarits .... creative assistant: Michael Haneke
Greg Staley .... key production assistant
Lucas Steele .... stand-in: Michael Pitt
Lygia Day Szelwach .... on-set teacher
Jan Uczkowski .... stand-in: Devon Gearhart
Brett Vanderbrook .... stand-in: Brady Corbet
Antoine Wagner .... assistant: Michael Haneke
Christine Wehrmann .... production financing: Commerzbank
Clarke Williams .... set production assistant
Danielle Wilson .... craft service
Craig T. Wood .... production secretary
Stephanie Wu .... office production intern
Phill Zagajewski .... creative director
Phill Zagajewski .... stage manager
Tasha Zamsky .... animal trainer
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Michael Bloomberg .... the producers wish to thank: New York City Mayor's Office for Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg)
Katherine Oliver .... the producers wish to thank: New York City Mayor's Office for Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (as Commissioner Katherine L. Oliver)
Douglas Steiner .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Funny Games U.S." - USA (original title)
"Funny Game U.S.A." - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for terror, violence and some language
Runtime:
111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The production crew used the blueprints from the 1997 original. The set of the house in the 2007 American remake has the same proportions as that of the 1997 set.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Paul "rewinds" the film he presses the Volume Down (-) button on the remote control rather than the Rewind button.See more »
Quotes:
Anna:Why don't you just kill us?
Peter:[smiling] You shouldn't forget the importance of entertainment.
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Movie Connections:
References "Let's Make a Deal" (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
BONEHEADSee more »

FAQ

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53 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
You might hate it or love it but everyone should give this a chance, 2 April 2009
Author: Bigbang from Long Island

One way to get the most out of Funny Games is to have your expectations open before watching it. It's not a standard horror film aiming to fulfill your needs as a viewer. It's about horror films and us, the audience who gets pleasure from suffering as entertainment. It shows what real horror might look like in an awful situation, and how it psychologically debilitates and paralyzes the people involved.

Although this is almost identical and I liked this remake, I prefer the 1997 Austrian original version. It was one of the most disturbing and effective films I've ever seen. Here the acting is good especially from one of the best actresses out there Naomi Watts, but somehow the original works better. Maybe it was Arno Frisch, who played the main bad guy in the original, an absolutely ice cold character. Arno played it so well, there was a threatening menace underneath the polite and clean-cut exterior. Michael Pitt in this U.S. Version doesn't quite have that, but even so I still think he does well.

One possible flaw that I agree with others is the family seemed too passive. In the beginning the two bad guys are armed with only a golf club. Naomi Watt's, who is in amazing shape at 40, looked like she might have done something more to get out of it. However, an argument can be made that the family reacted realistically because they were portrayed as rich, docile people who listened to classical music and went boating. People who are not violent and erroneously think everyone, even these two sick guys, have a better nature they can appeal to by simply saying "why don't you just leave us alone and go?" They've been sheltered from people who are simply evil and lack empathy and just don't give a sh*t. Their comfortable existence has been shattered and they don't know how to react. We're so used to Hollywood b.s. where everyone is a hero and fights back and we all cheer and go home. Yeah that's entertaining too but we've seen that a million times already. Maybe some people would be paralyzed out of fear like this family. Either way, I was willing to put their passiveness aside because everything else in the film was done so well.

The original right now has a rating of 7.7 at IMDb and many glowing reviews, yet this U.S version is a lot lower at 6.4 and many b*tching and moaning 1 star reviews. Not to sound condescending, but maybe people who watch subtitled non-English films are more accepting of weird, offbeat films that don't follow conventional Hollywood style dialogue, plot and presentation, and they're more open to this movies style of direction, like the very long takes of people just sitting there in misery. I'm not stupid enough to say one has to like this film, I get annoyed at some indie type films and their quirkiness myself, but some of the 1 star reviewers sound like a bunch of crybabies.

Funny Games slaps you in the face and taunts you and it rarely gives in to what you need as a viewer, and that may be frustrating at times but at least it's something different.

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