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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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David Fincher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Nicholas Van Orton
Sean Penn ... Conrad
Deborah Kara Unger ... Christine
James Rebhorn ... Jim Feingold
Peter Donat ... Samuel Sutherland
Carroll Baker ... Ilsa
Anna Katarina ... Elizabeth
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Anson Baer
Charles Martinet ... Nicholas' Father
Scott Hunter McGuire Scott Hunter McGuire ... Young Nicholas
Florentine Mocanu Florentine Mocanu ... Nicholas' Mother
Elizabeth Dennehy ... Maria
Caroline Barclay ... Maggie
Daniel Schorr Daniel Schorr ... Daniel Schorr
John Aprea ... Power Executive
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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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The Game...You Just Lost See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | German

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Igra See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This was David Fincher's first film to use a custom configured Panavision Super 35 frame line in which the 2.39:1 extraction is placed one third of the top of 1.85:1 with 4:3 brackets. He would use the framing for his next two films, Fight Club (1999) and Panic Room (2002). See more »

Goofs

After Nicholas and "Christine" drive away from the house as it's being shot up by the CRS agents, the BMW windows are cracked like a windshield would be. All cars now use safety glass in the side and rear windows that breaks into small pellets any time that they suffer a sharp impact (like a bullet). See more »

Quotes

Samuel Sutherland: [Nicholas is making rounds at his birthday party] Nicholas, I haven't a *clue* what's going on, but your taste in champagne is excellent, as always.
Anson Baer: It was a *great* entrance!
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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 A Beautiful Mind (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Elevator Song
Written by William Loose, Don Great and Marc Ferrari
Courtesy of Don Great Music Library/Mastersource
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User Reviews

Michael Douglas at his very best
25 April 2000 | by scoobydoo2000msSee all my reviews

"The Game" took me on one psychological thrill ride after another loaded with twists and turns scene after scene.

Michael Douglas pulled off his best performance as Nicholas Van Orton a man who is approaching his birthday. Upon which he receives an invitation to play a game given to him by his brother Conrad played by Sean Penn. Nicholas reluctantly agrees and soon finds out that the game is more than he bargained for.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film because I never knew who was trustworthy or what was going to happen next, this truly was one film that must be seen by those who enjoy never knowing for sure how a movie will turn out.

"The Game" is all Michael Douglas and how well he pulls off his role of being the innocent who happens to be in the middle of a game he can't control. However, a really good movie can not be pulled off by one actor, a whole lot of credit should go to Sean Penn and Deborah Kara Unger for their convincing portrayals in this film.


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