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Gerald's Game (2017)

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While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.

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Mike Flanagan

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Mike Flanagan (screenplay by), Jeff Howard (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Gugino ... Jessie Burlingame
Bruce Greenwood ... Gerald Burlingame
Chiara Aurelia ... Young Jessie
Carel Struycken ... Moonlight Man
Henry Thomas ... Tom
Kate Siegel ... Sally
Adalyn Jones Adalyn Jones ... Maddie
Bryce Harper ... James
Gwendolyn Mulamba Gwendolyn Mulamba ... Judge McGarnagle
James Flanagan James Flanagan ... Court Clerk
Dori Lumpkin Dori Lumpkin ... Teenage Girl
Natalie Roers ... Reporter #1
Nikia Reynolds Nikia Reynolds ... Reporter #2
Bill Riales Bill Riales ... Reporter #3
Chuck Borden Chuck Borden ... Court Officer #1
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Storyline

When a harmless game between a married couple in a remote retreat suddenly becomes a harrowing fight for survival, wife Jessie must confront long-buried demons within her own mind - and possibly lurking in the shadows of her seemingly empty house. Written by Intrepid Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Some games you play, some you survive.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gerald's Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA See more »

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Intrepid Pictures See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The beer in the film was from Fairhope Brewery in Fairhope, Al. This brewery is located near where the film was shot on location. See more »

Goofs

When Tom is talking to a young Jessie on the shore of the lake, the sun is at 12 o'clock directly behind his back. However, the shadows place the sun at 9 o'clock on his left. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Burlingame: Isn't this why we came up here? To spice things up and try and push the boundaries?
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BRING IT ON HOME TO ME
Performed by Sam Cooke
Written by Sam Cooke
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The first Stephen King adaptation that had me considering picking up the novel.
30 September 2017 | by in-between-the-linesSee all my reviews

Jessie (Carla Gugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) are a married couple hoping to spice up their sex life by indulging in a salacious weekend away to the countryside. Gerald has the idea to handcuff Jessie to the bed, in an attempt to role play. But things get too rough for Jessie and in the confrontation Gerald has a heart attack while Jessie remains cuffed to the bed. She must now find her way out of an impossible situation, while struggling with her own demons and crumbling psyche.

This one-location drama is intermixed with hallucinations; increasingly unhinged conversations with mental manifestations of oppression and fear, flashbacks, memories and nightmares from a difficult past, a husband dead on the floor and...a hungry dog. The film doesn't lose it's pace or feel sluggish, director Flanagan navigates the different elements of the plot with skill and uses almost every visual aspect to create suspension and a constant feeling of unpredictability. A door left open, a wooden shelf, a glass of water, a book, a paper tag, a leather bag and a mangy dog. The skillful execution of an intense third act, both from Gugino and Flanagan, stumbles into the final stretch and falls a bit short in the end, feeling strained and convoluted. And I'm left feeling that the film got lost in the page to screen translation, and wondering if it worked better on paper.

I have to admit that the main reason for this flick ending up in my Netflix watch-list was Carla Gugino. Unsurprisingly she delivers a fantastic performance, and tackles the difficult and physically restrictive role dynamically. She gives a stirring and impactful execution of a narrative that has more humanity than most horror films at the moment. And even though the film feels a bit clunky towards the end; Gugino's performance, here as well as the rest of the feature, is a big part of what makes it worth watching. (Minor plot point reveal ahead!) As stumbling as the features final steps may be, Flanagan and Gugino work hard to sell it, and Gugino especially; stays on point as she skillfully acts out the unfortunately muddled yet essential message about a woman fighting back against toxic masculinity.


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