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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 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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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

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Some games you play, some you survive.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

The woman from the dream Jessie describes as standing over a well during an eclipse is Dolores Claiborne, the main character from Stephen King's 1992 novel of the same name. See more »

Goofs

It is very unlikely that the car's airbags wouldn't deploy with such a hard crash. See more »

Quotes

Young Jessie: The people who were supposed to protect you from the monsters turned out to be monsters themselves...
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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 "lit up" in yellow, less bright the farther they are; the other letters are red. The remaining credits also have an unusual lighting, scrolling over a bright circle so that some letters are suddenly clearer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown: Episode #19.6 (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Open Up Your Heart
Written by Charles Forcier & Joseph C. Smith
Performed by The Bishops
Courtesy of Resnik Music Group
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Gerald's Game: A heartbreaking let down
24 March 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Gerald's Game is one of my favorite Stephen King books, it's so unlike anything else he's done and I find it an outstanding piece of literature. Upon finding out it was to be a live action film I was excited as I figured it would translate to the screen so well.

Well cast with the always excellent Carla Gugino (Who perhaps is at her career best here) it certainly captures the feel of the book, looks great and is a well crafted film so why the low rating?

Honestly I find it hard to pinpoint, though the film is solid I found myself underwhelmed. Was it the pacing? Was it too short? What went wrong?

Gerald's Game is not a bad film by any means, maybe it was my high expectations that killed it.

For those unaware, Gerald's Game tells the story of a middle aged couple who decide to spice up their marriage by taking some time out to get a cabin in the woods. Miles from civilisation the husband decides to handcuff his wife to the bed, only to have a heart attack and die.

Now his wife is trapped, handcuffed to the bed and alone. No chance of a rescue, and because of this her thoughts begins to wander. She battles her own mind, the side that tells her to fight and the side that wants her to fail. She must survive a hungry dog that has found itself into the house and another ominous unseen force.

Geralds Game is perfectly watchable and may really impress those who haven't read the book. I just expected more.

The Good:

Carla Gugino

Well made film

The Bad:

I don't know! It's just not that great

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Not sure I'll ever been able to look at Henry Thomas the same way again after this!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mobile, Alabama, USA See more »

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Intrepid Pictures See more »
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