- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 21, 2007
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Criterion
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- 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
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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-
Scams And Cons |
Theatrical Release |
- 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.