House of Games

Starring: Lindsay Crouse & Joe Mantegna Director: David Mamet  Rated: R: Restricted
House of Games
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono 1.0 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: David Mamet - Director; Ricky Jay - Star
    • Interviews: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna - Stars
    • Behind the Scenes: Making Of - "David Mamet on HOUSE OF GAMES"
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 10/11/1987
"...Entertaining, deadpan, seriocomic melodrama....Mamet's screenplay builds much like a whopping good poker game..."
New York Times - 12/27/1987
Included in the New York Times "10 Best Films of 1987"
Variety - 09/09/1987
"...Writer David Mamet's first trip behind the camera as director is entertaining good fun, an American film noir with Hitchcockian touches..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1987
"...A real curve ball....Mamet has elevated the dialogue to the foreground....GAMES is smart..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/15/1987
"...Coldly absorbing....Mamet gives us the plot in crisp layers....[The] dialogue -- subtly rhythmed, pungent, terrifically well written -- carries the movie..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/31/1999
"...Mamet's dialogue starts with the plain red bricks of reality, and mortars them into walls that are slightly askew..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/31/2007
"With a parlor-trick plot and neon-lit cinematography right out of Edward Hopper's NIGHTHAWKS, GAMES is a con within a con within a con." -- Grade: A-

Plot Keywords:

Deception | Psychodrama | Recommended | Scams And Cons | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Filmed in Seattle, Washington.
  • HOUSE OF GAMES was playwright-screenwriter David Mamet's first film as a director and features many regulars from his stage troupe, including Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna.
  • Star Lindsay Crouse was director David Mamet's wife at the time the film was made.
  • The film was screened at the 1987 Venice Film Festival.
  • Liz Dixon and Ricky Jay were used as consultants on confidence games.

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  • Sales Rank: 113,251
  • UPC: 715515025027
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