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Funny Games (2007)

R | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 4 April 2008 (UK)
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Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

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Michael Haneke

Writer:

Michael Haneke
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Complete credited cast:
Naomi Watts ... Ann
Tim Roth ... George
Michael Pitt ... Paul
Brady Corbet ... Peter
Devon Gearhart ... Georgie
Boyd Gaines ... Fred
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Betsy
Robert LuPone ... Robert
Susi Haneke ... Betsy's Sister-in-Law (as Susanne Haneke)
Linda Moran ... Eve
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Storyline

In this English-language remake of a deconstruction in the way violence is portrayed in the media, a family settles into its vacation home, which happens to be the next stop for a pair of young, articulate, white-gloved serial killers on an excursion through the neighborhood. Written by MuzikJunky

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

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Trivia

Tim Roth has said making this film abused him, and he'll never watch it. He said he was particularly disturbed because Devon Gearhart resembled his own son. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie Paul calls Peter "Tom", and Peter calls Paul "Jerry". These are references to the Tom & Jerry cartoons. They also refer to each other as 'Beavis' and 'Butthead', another cartoon reference. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Paul: Ann sent me over 'cause some guests dropped by, and she was wondering if you could help her out with some eggs.
Betsy: Well I guess so.
Paul: It's okay?
Betsy: Yeah, come on in. Just wait a second.
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Connections

Features Bringing Up Baby (1938) See more »

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HELLRAISER
Written by John Zorn
Performed by Naked City
From album Grand Guignol
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An intriguing exercise in copying one's self.
22 October 2007 | by radiohed-1See all my reviews

I saw this at the London Film Festival and found it to be exactly what I expected: an English-language facsimile by Michael Haneke of his 1997 German film of the same title. Not that this is a bad thing. It is a testament to Haneke's artistic ability to replicate perfectly his previous film shot-by-shot with equal effect, tension, and intrigue even as one knows what to expect--although it might also say something about Haneke's ego that he doesn't feel that he needed to change or add new material for audiences who've already seen the original. The performances are overall well-executed, especially by Naomi Watts, an actress who has proved that she will still take risks despite the fact that she has made it both in the art-house scene and in mainstream Hollywood.

Haneke wanted to replicate the original film for American audiences since he has considered the story closer culturally to American society. That is a noble effort, but I am not sure if it required him to remake an exact replica of one of his earlier works, nor am I sure that it will have quite the impact he wants since the American audiences he is targeting might avoid it all together (as it might be seen as too art-house or extreme) or be completely turned off by its content and artistic approach. Nonetheless, it is interesting to witness as an exercise in a film artist revisiting his earlier work, even if he didn't bother changing anything.


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Release Date:

4 April 2008 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$544,833, 16 March 2008

Gross USA:

$1,294,919

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,938,872
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