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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
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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There are no rules in The Game. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jodie Foster was originally signed to play Michael Douglas's sibling in the film. However, Foster changed her mind and wanted to appear as Douglas's daughter instead. Douglas and director David Fincher were very opposed to this change so the part went to Sean Penn instead. Foster promptly sued PolyGram to the tune of $54.5 million - even though her Egg Pictures was one of the film's production companies. The matter was fortunately settled out of court. Douglas - who is a personal friend of Foster - said that it didn't seem right for him to play Foster's father, given that there is only 18 years age difference between the two. Ironically, Douglas HAS already played Foster's father - he did so in the Disney film Napoleon and Samantha (1972) at the start of both of their careers. See more »

Goofs

Christine spills wine on herself and Nicholas, but it soon disappears from her shirt. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas: [In the stopped elevator] I'll give you a boost.
Christine: You first.
Nicholas: This isn't an attempt to be gallant. If I don't lift you, how are you going to get there?
Christine: You pull me up.
Nicholas: It's much easier this way. Come on, step up...
Christine: No.
Nicholas: Please...
Christine: I'm not wearing underwear. Okay? There, I said it. Satisfied?
Nicholas: [Looks at her skirt] Oh. Fine.
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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 Russian Doll: The Great Escape (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Life Goes To A Party
Written by Harry James and Benny Goodman
Performed by Vise Grip & The Ambassadors
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Just when you got the plot, it turns upon you
30 July 2001 | by AethSee all my reviews

This has to be one of the more interesting psychological thrillers made recently. Just when you think you got ahold of the plot it changes! Playing with "the implicit viewer" this movie has a tendency to constantly surprise and redefine itself in relation to the "expectancy horizon". What a wonderful positive redefinition of "Seven", culminating in a refinement of the human nature and at the same time leaving the viewer with a subtle taste of the "rosicrucian initiation" in the mouth.

Definitly worth a view!


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