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Gerald's Game (2017)

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A couple tries to spice up their marriage in a remote lake house; after the husband dies unexpectedly, the wife is left handcuffed to their bed frame and must fight to survive and break free.

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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 ... 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

Taglines:

Some games you play, some you survive.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Intrepid Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Henry Thomas' first Stephen King project since Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006). See more »

Goofs

Even though there for days, there were no references of needing the toilet. See more »

Quotes

Gerald Burlingame: Everybody's got a little corner in there somewhere; a button they won't admit they want pressed. Year after year, I barely gave you a glimpse of mine.
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Crazy Credits

In each of the main credits' screen, a letter G, O, C or N is styled with the bright half-circle of the eclipse, which defines the color of the fonts: Letters to the left of that one are "light up" in yellow, less bright the farther they are; the other letters are red. Tje remaining credits also have an unusual lighting, scrolling over a bright circle so that some letters are suddenly clearer. See more »

Connections

References Cujo (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Bring It on Home to Me
Performed by Sam Cooke
Written by Sam Cooke
Courtesy of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. and Sony Music Entertainment
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Successfully captures the feel of a Stephen King
30 September 2017 | by cjs6547See all my reviews

Stephen King is at times a brilliant writer, and most of his novels give a home-bred 70's vibe. There's the presence of raw indecency and rotten attachments right beside the gore, and this movie is very good at portraying that.

I started watching this movie expecting to get bored at some point, because Gerald's Game is an odd pick of a novel to make into a film. A lot of the story revolves around the heroine spending hours alone and restricted. In a book, the writer has the freedom to play around with memories and weave them into the present, but was the director going to be able to do that?

The answer is, yes, he is, and he does that very well. Kudos to a thoroughly entertaining experience, whether it was the 80's gore effects, the commendable acting of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald, or the shifts from almost comedic to certainly nauseating scenes.

The only thing that bothered me was that the cinematography was a bit dated, and nothing creative. But it doesn't mean that this movie is not worth the watch, and it will be even more enjoyable if you haven't read the book!


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