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The Game (1997)

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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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Nicholas' Father
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Young Nicholas
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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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There are no rules in The Game. See more »


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Rated R for language, and for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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12 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Igra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,337,029, 14 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,323,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,423,648
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Peter Donat and Michael Douglas after their appearances in The China Syndrome (1979) and The War of the Roses (1989). See more »

Goofs

When Nicholas in on the bus in Mexico an 'emergency exit' sign printed in English is visible on the inside of the bus. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas: Did I have a choice? Did I have a choice?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits shatter in the form of jigsaw puzzle pieces in Reference to the Film's title. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Erkan & Stefan gegen die Mächte der Finsternis (2002) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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My favorite movie of all times and not for the obvious reasons.
29 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this on VHS tape when it first came out. It was not in theaters long enough for word of mouth to drive a wave of references. This was the only movie I ever had to immediately rewind, gather the family and watch it again that night. Do not watch on TV where it is has been cut for time. What I liked about this film is that every frame and every scene was important to the story. There are no puppy in the window filler shots. I applaud the writing and the directing for such an intricate weaving of "The Game" concept. Not a film for those with no patience or interest in covert operations. I now enjoy watching others watch this film as they start to recognize things and try to figure out what is going on, only to be wrong several times. I see something new every time I watch it. Brilliant concept and execution of the concept on film.


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