House of Games

House of Games

Director: David Mamet Cast: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum

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In his directorial debut, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet creates a stylish cinematic puzzle of games within games, as con men are joined by a psychologist in creating the perfect caper. Dr. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse), the writer of psychological self-help books, meets Mike (Joe Mantegna) as she attempts to help a patient who owes heavy gambling debts. When she herself is the victim of a con, she becomes intrigued by the psychological drama of the con game and joins in a complicated scam involving a suitcase of cash. Mamet directs his extremely complicated plot with skill and complete control until it is impossible to tell who is the con and who is the victim. The suspense builds to an amazing surprise ending which is both reasonable and believable but completely unpredictable. Crouse and Mantegna are outstanding as are all the supporting performances. Mamet and his cinematographer Juan Ruiz-Anchia create a visually stunning, compelling film that does justice to Mamet's superbly written screenplay

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2007
UPC: 0715515025027
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 954

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchía; Audio commentary by director David Mamet and consultant and actor Ricky Jay; New video interviews with actors Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna; David Mamet on "House of Games"; Storyboard detail; Theatrical trailer; Plus: an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet's introduction to the published screenplay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lindsay Crouse Dr. Margaret Ford
Joe Mantegna Mike
Mike Nussbaum Joey
Lilia Skala Dr. Littauer
J.T. Walsh Businessman
Ricky Jay George/Vegas Man
Willo Hausman Girl With Book
Karen Kohlhaas Prison Ward Patient
Steve Goldstein Billy Hahn
Jack Wallace Bartender "House of Games"
G. Roy Levin Poker Player
Bob Lumbra Poker Player
Andy Potok Poker Player
Allen Soule Poker Player
Roberta Magure Restaurant Hostess
John Pritchett Hotel Desk Clerk
Johnny S.B. Willis Hotel Doorman
Jaqueline dela Chaume Woman with Lighter
Ben Blakeman Bartender, "Charlie's Tavern"
Scott Zigler Western Union Clerk
William H. Macy Sgt. Horan
Meshach Taylor Mr. Dean
Josh Conescu Garage Attendant
Julie Mendenhall Late Student
Rachel Cline Student
Patricia Wolff Patient, Dr. Ford's Office
Paul Walsh Man in Restaurant

Technical Credits
David Mamet Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Nan Cibula Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Hausman Producer
Derek R. Hill Set Decoration/Design
Alaric Jans Score Composer
Jonathan Katz Original Story
Lee R. Mayes Production Designer
Michael Merritt Art Director,Production Designer
Trudy Ship Editor
Robert Willard Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- House of Games
1. Opening Credits [1:48]
2. Dr. Margaret Ford [4:30]
3. Billy Hahn [4:30]
4. House of Games [7:28]
5. The Favor [5:06]
6. The Tell [7:31]
7. "Secrets of the Pyramids" [5:13]
8. Talking to the Murderess [4:02]
9. Charlie's Tavern [3:10]
10. Western Union [3:26]
11. "Think of a Finger" [2:21]
12. "In or Out?" [3:24]
13. A Memento [3:24]
14. A Briefcase [5:04]
15. Next Morning [6:02]
16. The Getaway [3:15]
17. "You Broke the First Rule" [3:58]
18. "Forgive Yourself" [1:42]
19. Office Visit [6:55]
20. "A Small Price to Pay" [4:27]
21. "You're a Bad Pony" [8:27]
22. A Gold Lighter [5:58]
23. Color Bars [:00]

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House of Games 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
StevePoling More than 1 year ago
I first saw House of Games on late-night television before I got a Tivo. And that's what has colored my perception thereof. It's one of those "gotcha" movies. An icy-hot blond psychiatrist feels listless after a big book project has been successfully completed. She finds a new project to capture her interest: a study of con-men and the psychology of how they work. And she finds a tall, dark, and handsome con-man willing to oblige her. And then things spin out of control most delightfully.
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