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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

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Michael Haneke
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Cast

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 Susi Haneke ... Betsy's Sister-in-Law (as Susanne Haneke)
Linda Moran 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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Daring, dangerous, wicked, wild, sensual, savage, extreme, evil, magnificent, monstrous, brutal, brilliant. See more »


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

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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:

$510,958, 16 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,294,640, 27 April 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second time that Michael Pitt has played a character inspired by the real life murder committed by Leopold and Loeb in 1924, the other role was the character Justin Pendleton in 'Murder By Numbers.' See more »

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During the opening sequence, when George and Ann are listening to CDs in the car the shadows of the car and boat indicate that the sun is alternating between side-on/quite low in the sky to directly behind the car and almost overhead. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Okay, we bet- what time is it?
Peter: 8:40.
Paul: That in, let's say, 12 hours all three of you are gonna be kaput. Okay?
Anna: What?
Paul: You bet that you'll be alive tomorrow at 9 o'clock and we bet that you'll be dead. Okay?
Peter: They don't want to bet.
Paul: Well it's not an option. There has to be a bet.
[turns toward camera, breaks fourth wall, addressing the audience]
Paul: I mean, what do you think? You think they stand a chance? Well, you're on their side, aren't you? Who are you betting on, hmm?
Peter: But, wait, what kind of bet is...
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Performed by Naked City
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Entertaining, Infuriating and very, very sick
25 August 2009 | by giorgiosurbaniSee all my reviews

The premise is not a thousand miles away from William Wyler's "Desperate Hours" but the distances here are measured in a different way. Michael Heneke the "author" of this horror thriller of sorts is at the service of his vision of himself. He's not the first "author" to suffer from the same malady but here it's so bloody obvious that becomes kind of funny. From the opening credits you know that "pretension" will permeate the whole movie and it does but, the funny thing is that it's riveting. I watched the whole nonsense with my mouth open. That's an achievement, isn't it? I haven't seen the original German version (a blow by blow account directed by Heneke himself)but, I must confess, I think I will, I think I want to. Don't ask me why. This is as empty as anything I've ever seen. A public act of obscenity and yet you can't, you just can't look away. Naomi Watts is terrific as the smart middle class wife and mother that will notice for first that Michael Pitt is not that good an actor. She sees through him - who wouldn't? - pretty much from the start. Michael Pitt plays the creep as a creep with good manners. So on the nose that doesn't manage to be frightening. He is shocking because of what he does but not for what he appears to be. He has no sexual presence. Tim Roth, as the weakling husband is disturbingly convincing and the young actor playing their son is truly wonderful. So here I am, talking about a film I kind of detested with unexpected respect. Michael Heneke may be one of those artists who are extraordinary self promoters, but he's an artist none the less and like real artist often do, divide, confront and provoke. So, did I like "Funny Games"? No. Will I see it again? Absolutely.


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