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Reindeer Games (2000)

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with the other man's girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself a reluctant participant in a casino heist.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Ehren Kruger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Rudy Duncan
James Frain ... Nick Cassidy
Dana Stubblefield Dana Stubblefield ... The Alamo
Mark Acheson ... Mean Guard
Tom Heaton ... Ugly Staffer
Isaac Hayes ... Zook
Michael Sunczyk Michael Sunczyk ... Distant Inmate #1
Douglas Arthurs ... Distant Inmate #2 (as Douglas H. Arthurs)
Dean Wray ... Guard #1
Ron Sauvé ... Guard #2 (as Ron Sauve)
Ron Jeremy ... Prisoner #1 (as Ron Hyatt)
Hrothgar Mathews ... Exit Guard
Charlize Theron ... Ashley
Clarence Williams III ... Merlin
Donal Logue ... Pug
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Storyline

After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) is days away from release as is his cellmate Nick (James Frain) who is is serving a two year sentence on a separate charge. Nick has a number of pictures from a romantic correspondence with a woman named Ashley he has never met but is waiting for his release. Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. Nick is killed defending Rudy during a prison riot. When Rudy Is released the next day from prison he recognizes Ashley waiting outside the prison for Nick and Rudy takes his place and pretends to be Nick. Nick had spoken of his previous employment in security with an Indian casino and Rudy finds himself involved with Ashley's criminal gun runner brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Rudy is violently coerced to cooperate with a Christmas Eve casino robbery scheme that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick's casino knowledge as the key. Things... Written by Brian Orndorf

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The trap is set. The game is on.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deception See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,128,356, 27 February 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,360,779, 18 June 2000
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| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vin Diesel was originally cast in an unspecified role, but left due to a disagreement with John Frankenheimer. See more »

Goofs

When questioning Rudy about his true identity, and how much he knows about Ashley's background, Gabriel puts a Glock to Rudy's head. Upon doing so, it sounds like a hammer cocking back on the pistol. Glock pistols do not have hammers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rudy Duncan: [Rudy narrating] To tell ya the truth, I never was much for the holidays. It's been forever since I'd known a holiday, since I'd seen my family, since I'd been with a girl, since I'd driven a car. You see, cars are what put me here - Iron Mountain, Maximum Security Prison. I was riding a hard five for grand theft auto. Meanwhile, most of my esteemed raping and murdering colleagues were up for parole in three. The world works like that sometimes. All the time, in my experience. ...
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Alternate Versions

In the commentary on the "Director's cut" DVD it is mentioned that an alternate ending was filmed where Dennis Farina's character lives. It was later changed after they decided he would have been a witness to everything and it would not have worked. Also several scenes were mentioned to be changed or heavily cut. One of them being a big reshoot right as Ben Affleck is going back to his hotel room after he finds out about Monster and Ashley not being brother and sister. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Child's Play (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Written by Johnny Marks (as John D. Marks)
Performed by Brenda Lee
Published by St. Nicholas Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A new low in stupid criminal behavior
27 August 2000 | by rbattySee all my reviews

We checked this one out on video because `the little man' in the San Francisco Chronicle gave it top rating. Not sure what he was smoking that day because this one was truly bad. Not even a pretty good (not great, mind you) performance by Charlize Theron (Cider House Rules) could save this flick.

The premise is bad: Gun-running bad guys decide they want in on the big money, so they decide to turn to armed robbery – their first job an out-of-the-way Indian casino in a remote part of Michigan in the middle of a snowy winter that for some reason has millions of dollars in its vaults when it has trouble attracting customers.

The acting terrible: Ben Affleck proves he can't act – and this pretty boy can't get away with playing an ex-con.

And a new low in incredibly dumb crooks: Gary Sinise snarls through the whole movie, playing a cold-blooded killer who could have put us all out of our misery if he had just put a bullet through Affleck's head in an early scene. Does he really fall for all of the bull that Affleck feeds him?

Don't bother.


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