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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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What do you get for the man who has everything? 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

One of the CRS paramedic actors in the movie was a real paramedic in San Francisco. He got called in last minute to shoot a scene just as his 12-hour shift on the actual ambulance ended, so he showed up wearing his work uniform. The wardrobe department gave him the CRS Paramedic uniform and he changed into it, leaving his work uniform on the bed.

After filming, he returned to his assigned room and found that his personal uniform was missing. Apparently, the wardrobe department thought it was one of theirs and took it for cleaning. He had to wait for nearly an hour while they located and returned his uniform so he could change back into it and go home. See more »

Goofs

When Nicholas returns home at night and enters to find luminous graffiti on the walls and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" playing loudly, he goes upstairs to the living room to investigate. The scene then cuts to Nicholas running outside to check on the housekeeper, Ilsa. The song is heard continuing to play without interruption, not accounting for the time it would have taken for Nicholas to run back downstairs again. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas: You don't know anything about society, Marie; you don't have the satisfaction of avoiding it.
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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

References Seconds (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Best Is Yet To Come
Written by Carolyn Leigh and Cy Coleman
Performed by Vise Grip & The Ambassadors
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An extremely underrated movie
28 January 2007 | by Confidante77See all my reviews

After the great success, both with critics and with the public, of "Seven", Director David Fincher turned to this film. It has often been said that this movie was one he'd wanted to make for a long time and upon viewing you can really see his belief in both characters and the story- overall an excellently directed movie.

Although several people argued that "Seven" was gory, in my opinion it wasn't, for example, there is a total lack of blood in the Lust scene, something which I particularly admired- the fact that a director could make a chilling and shocking movie without resorting to piling tons of blood onto the screen. Fincher continues this streak in "The Game" by drawing the tension and shocks of the film by using psychological terror.

Unfortunately, the movie could not parallel the success of "seven" upon its release and also received mixed critical reviews, however since then it has become somewhat of a cult movie with far more success on DVD than in the box office.

Perhaps most notable about the film is the fact that (apparently) Fincher himself often seems to direct his actors in a detached way, the way one might move around chess pieces in a game. Whether this is 100% true or not his direction, the acting and just about everything else is superb.


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