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The Game Is Over (1966)

La curée (original title)
R | | Drama | 22 June 1966 (France)
In Paris, Maxime visits his wealthy industrialist father Alexandre and his beautiful young Canadian wife, Renée. Alexandre fathered him years ago in a prior marriage and he has come to stay... See full summary »

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Jean Cau (adaptation), Roger Vadim (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Renee / Wife-Maxime's stepmother
Michel Piccoli ... Alexandre / Maxime's father
Peter McEnery ... Maxime / Husband
Tina Aumont ... Anne Sernet (as Tina Marquand)
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... M. Sernet
Howard Vernon ... Lawyer
Douglas Read Douglas Read ... Maitre d'Hotel
Luang Ham Chau Luang Ham Chau ... Mr. Chou (as Ham Chau Luong)
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Guest
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Storyline

In Paris, Maxime visits his wealthy industrialist father Alexandre and his beautiful young Canadian wife, Renée. Alexandre fathered him years ago in a prior marriage and he has come to stay with them after studying in England. Renée tells Maxime that she married Alexandre when she was pregnant following an unhappy love affair; the child was stillborn and the passion between the two has faded. They begin an affair and fall in love with each other. Renée, who came from a wealthy family, asks Alexandre for a divorce. He agrees, on the condition that she leaves the fortune she brought to their marriage invested in his business. Renée accepts this and goes to Switzerland for a divorce. But while she is away, Alexandre confronts his son with two alternatives: he can either run off with now penniless Renée or become engaged to Anne, the daughter of a wealthy banker whose support Alexandre needs for his business. Maxime agrees on the second course of action. Renée returns from Switzerland to ...

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Taglines:

JANE FONDA and PETER MCENERY storm the screen in ROGER VADIM's new film sensation!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 June 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Game Is Over See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original English version was released on VHS in 1988. See more »

Alternate Versions

After a scene-by-scene comparison, it's obvious that the VHS version of this film is an entirely different English-language cut from the all-French DVD release. Fonda and McEnery speak their own English and French in the respective versions, while Michele Piccoli is dubbed in the English cut. It's very interesting, because even in the non-dialogue scenes, different takes--and often different actions--were used for each version. (Note: You may also want to reference this in the Language section.) See more »

Connections

Version of La cuccagna (1917) See more »

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Avant Toi
Written by Jean-Pierre Bourtayre and Jean Bouchéty
Performed by Jean Bouchéty
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Excellent erotic fantasy by Roger Vadim with Jane Fonda
15 January 2013 | by aterjanian-582-234875See all my reviews

Though this movie is based on the novel by Émile Zola, the story is as old as antiquity. Phaedra was a Greek legend/tragedy which must have inspired Zola. Phaedra is also the title of a movie shot in Greece by Jules Dassin in 1962 (4 years before Vadim's La Curée) starring Melina Mercouri. They all revolve around the theme of an adulteress wife who falls in love with her stepson. They usually end tragically. The difference with Roger Vadim's movie is the way he plays on the eroticism that exudes from the ever beautiful Jane Fonda. She plays the role of a Canadian young heiress who marries this distinguished french bourgeois businessman only to get aroused by his son who is closer to her age. If you like beautiful erotic shots and situations, you will like this. Of course Barbarella (2 years later by the same director and Jane Fonda) is even more erotic.


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