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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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Production Co:

Intrepid Pictures See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gerald refers to the dog as Cujo, which is a reference to the Stephen King book by the same name. 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

Jessie Burlingame: This monster was real, real as they come. As real as the cuffs, as the dog. As real as the eclipse.
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Soundtracks

DARLING I NEED YOUR LOVE
Written by L. Stuart & Joseph Newell
Performed by The Chips
Courtesy of Tru-Gems Records, LLC
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30 September 2017 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I've only read a handful of Stephen King novels, but 'Gerald's Game' just so happens to be one of them. I liked the novel without overly loving it. It had a memorable ending, but the story was a little bland for my liking. I've heard people say it's one of their favourite King novels and also heard people say it's one of their least favourite, so it's clearly quite a polarising novel. I was excited when I heard it was going to be made into a movie though. I almost always enjoy King movie adaptions and was very interesting to see how they went about the ending I spoke of earlier. It is very rare that I enjoy a movie more than the book version (almost to the point that I can't think of a single example before now), but this is almost certainly a case of that.

When you think of a movie where the plot involves a woman tied to a bed for almost the entire run time, you would think they would scraping the barrel to reach 90 minutes. Instead they comfortable cruise to 103 minutes and it never really feels that stretched out.

All the classic traits of King's work are featured. The well, the eclipse etc. Even the vibe just inexplicably feels like it's directly from his work. Director Mike Flanagan has once again done a fantastic job. He really is becoming a sure sign of a quality film.

The whole cast was admittedly excellent, but it would have to be said that Carla Gugino carried the film. I wasn't too sure with her casting whether she was right for the role, but she proved me wrong to have any doubts. It would not have been an easy role, you're effectively being asked to carry the film on your shoulders, but she nailed it.

I'm really glad this turned out so well. It's a smart, thought-provoking and moving story of survival that actually works better in film form than it did in book form. It's a great time to be a King fan right now, that's for sure.


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