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

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Trivia

In searching for a perfect engine sound for Nicholas' 7 series BMW, one member of the sound editing team located in Sausalito, CA actually borrowed his high school friend's Dinan modified BMW 540 for half day. See more »

Goofs

While speaking to his ex-wife on the telephone, Michael Douglas makes the mistake of pronouncing the word "nuclear" as the incorrect "noo-kyoo-ler". (A mistake he also makes in The China Syndrome.) See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth: Have you had a nice birthday?
Nicholas Van Orton: Does Rose Kennedy have a black dress?
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Hiawatha's Lullaby
Written by Walter Donaldson and Joe Young
Performed by The Red Clay Ramblers
Courtesy of Sugar Hill Records
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | German

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Game See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,337,029, 14 September 1997

Gross USA:

$48,323,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,423,648
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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