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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.
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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.
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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 & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Self-awareness and a minor flaw in the message do not detract from powerhouse performances and excellent direction See more (415 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
 
Other crew
Lauren Barnhart .... assistant: Naomi Watts
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
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film is a shot-by-shot remake of the original.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Throughout the movie Paul calls Peter "Tom", and Peter calls Paul "Jerry". These are references to the Tom & Jerry cartoons. They also refer to each other as 'Beavis' and 'Butthead', another cartoon reference.See more »
Quotes:
Paul:So much stress for politeness' sake.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Wetten, dass..?" (1981)See more »
Soundtrack:
CARE SELVE, OMBRE BEATESee more »

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62 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
Self-awareness and a minor flaw in the message do not detract from powerhouse performances and excellent direction, 21 September 2008
Author: LoneWolfAndCub from Australia

First things first, I have not seen the Michael Haneke's original 1997 Funny Games, however, according to every reviewer, I do not need to (I'm still going to, though). Apparently this American version of Funny Games is a shot-for-shot remake of the original, but with different actors and in English. Also, before seeing this (a year late, as us Australians get most films later) I had read plenty of articles and reviews detailing how dark, powerful and disturbing Haneke's film was. Well, they were damn right. This is a brutal and abrupt film, with no happy endings in sight throughout the majority of the film.

Beginning with a wealthy family: George (Tim Roth), wife Ann (Naomi Watts) and Georgie (Devon Gearhart), driving to their holiday home by a lake. Upon arrival a young boy, Peter (Brady Corbet), knocks on their door asking for eggs. A simple task turns into something a bit more complicated, which frustrates Ann and causes her to ask him to leave. However, Paul (Michael Pitt) also enters the scene. Soon the situation loses control as the family as held hostage by the two sociopaths and subjected to cruel and sadistic games.

This seemingly overdone home-invasion scenario is the set-up for Haneke's hard-hitting social commentary (and the reason he remade the film for American audiences). Violence is present everywhere in society, through books, games, films, television and music. Although I do enjoy violent films and games, it is not hard to see the public are slowly becoming desensitized to violence. Sometimes we may not even notice what we are watching or reading is violent (the news, the papers and even cartoon shows aimed at children). This is the film's target, and this is why Haneke remade it for the U.S., as he believes that this is mostly an American culture. Unfortunately, there is a flaw present in this way of thinking. I believe most people know that when they are watching something like "Hostel" or "Die Hard 4.0" it is all fake, all special effects and it is only there as a form of escapism from one's life. It is interesting to note that this film is not that bloody, with almost all of the violence occurring off-screen, the camera focusing on the witnesses reactions instead. Funnily enough, this annoyed a few reviewers on this site, which kind of proves the director's point. We are hungry for violence in our films, we want to see it all.

"You shouldn't forget the importance of entertainment." States Peter when Ann asks them to kill them so the pain can end. The director turns film conventions on their head, as Paul breaks the fourth wall and addresses us, asking us questions. (In this way the film is somewhat pretentious and self-aware, Haneke kind of knows he is making an arty film and it is slightly annoying). Paul knows almost everyone is rooting for the family to survive, for some miraculous way out for them. However, Haneke knows that more often than not, the cavalry never come and the bad guys usually do win.

Upon pointing out Haneke's fault, the man can direct with incredible style. The egg scene is an interesting one, as almost nothing happens, yet he constantly increases the tension every second. And that is just the beginning. There are numerous tracking shots, which add to the atmosphere and frustration. In an eight minute scene, we witness Ann trying to escape her bonds and through this silent scene we feel her anguish and it works very well. However, the direction is supported by some of the strongest performances by an entire cast I have seen all year. Naomi Watts is an incredible actress and her performance as the polite housewife turned heroine is riveting. She goes through a heap of crap throughout the movie and she is convincing 100% of the time. Tim Roth is excellent support, his father (who is crippled at the start of the games) is a tragic character. Usually the father character is the macho hero, but here he is a broken man and Roth portrays this with perfection. Michael Pitt is eerie, charming and sadistic as well-spoken Paul, he is the 21st century Alex (from Stanely Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange"). I am confident he will be a big star in the future. Brady Corbet is more timid, but equally menacing as Peter, the seemingly simpler, but more erratic and violent one. He puts forward an interesting and breakthrough turn and as mentioned before, should be a star to look out for.

Although I will probably not revisit this again, it is definitely well-made and challenging film. It is not a pleasing or uplifting film, and although not gratuitous in its violence, is quite stressing nonetheless. It raises some socially relevant issues and as far as remakes go, it is heads and shoulders above the rest.

4/5

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