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Dangerous Game (1993)

Snake Eyes (original title)
R | | Drama | 19 November 1993 (USA)
A New York City film director working on his latest movie in Los Angeles begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.


Abel Ferrara
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Keitel ... Eddie Israel
Madonna ... Sarah Jennings
James Russo ... Francis Burns
Nancy Ferrara Nancy Ferrara ... Madlyn Israel
Reilly Murphy Reilly Murphy ... Tommy
Victor Argo ... Director of Photography
Leonard L. Thomas ... Prop Guy
Christina Fulton Christina Fulton ... Blonde
Heather Bracken Heather Bracken ... Stewardess
Glenn Plummer ... Burns' Buddy
Niki Munroe Niki Munroe ... Girl in Trailer
Lori Eastside Lori Eastside ... Party Guest
John Snyder ... Party Guest
Adina Winston Adina Winston ... Party Guest
Dylan Hundley ... Party Guest


Filmmaker Eddie Israel is staring to shoot "The Mother of Mirrors," starring Francis Burns and Sarah Jennings. "The Mother of Mirrors" is the story of the last night of a couple falling into decay. Eddie is very demanding with the actors, and the film's heavy atmosphere acts upon the protagonists' daily lives. Written by Yepok

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasively strong language, explicit sexuality, and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


In a flashback scene in Reservoir Dogs,(1992) while Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) is recruiting Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), part of what Cabot says is, "the polished stones of Israel". Keitel's character is named "Eddie Israel" in this movie. See more »


Sarah Jennings: Why does a blonde always wear huge hoop earrings?She has some place to rest her ankles.
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Alternate Versions

R-rated and Unrated versions are available on video. The Unrated version contains more footage. See more »


Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »


Performed by Schoolly D
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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User Reviews

An interesting film, with many a hidden secrets
7 April 2008 | by winsumlosesumSee all my reviews

Not a particularly entertaining movie this one, but definitely an interesting watch when you take into consideration not only the movie, but the similarities which surrounded its release. And of course Madonna, who (unwittingly?) gives the best performance of her much ridiculed celluloid career.

The film revolves around director Eddie Israel (Keitel) and his supporting cast members in their journey to film the uber-dark relationship drama 'Mother of Mirrors'. Starring alcoholic drug dependent Francis Burns (James Russo) and recent Christian convert Sarah Jennings (Madonna) the film within a film blurs over into real life, leaving the viewer confused about whether the actors are acting their character in 'Mother', their character in 'Dangerous Game' or even their character in real life. The confusion even seems apparent on set, with one directors clapper-board shots with the movies real director A. Ferrara noted on it.

In reality, Ferrara had to resort to accepting finance for the film by Madonna's Maverick Films and thus also accepting its MD as his leading actress. Madonna once said that when she attended the premiere she left the theatre crying as it was in her eyes a completely different movie, and all her best scenes were cut. Dig a little deeper with this one and you might be able to see the underlying story which is far more interesting than what's bubbling on the surface.

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Release Date:

19 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,995, 21 November 1993

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


(Unrated Director's Cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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