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      House of Games

      1987, Mystery & thriller, 1h 41m

      29 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Galvanized by David Mamet's punchy dialogue and a winding succession of surprises, House of Games is a terse thriller where confidence is currency. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      After one of her patients threatens suicide, psychiatrist Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) confronts the source of his anxieties, a downtown bookie named Mike (Joe Mantegna). Once she decides that Mike is not a serious threat, however, she herself becomes interested in his world of high-stakes gambling, and makes use of her skills at reading "tells," becoming entrenched in his dealings. Things get dangerous, though, when Mike turns out not to be a bookie at all, but a con man.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: David Mamet

      • Producer: Michael Hausman

      • Writer: David Mamet, David Mamet, Jonathan Katz

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $416.5K

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      • Distributor: Orion Pictures, Image Entertainment Inc., MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

      • Production Co: Filmhaus

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      • Oct 02, 2015

        House of Games is one odd thriller. The world it takes place in feels empty; the whole thing seems to happen during off-hours. The vibe is on the laid back side, and carries the suggestion that one relax and be charmed by a bit of showmanship. Yet the film watches quick; the dialogue is all about making contact and moving the action. The delivery is artificially clever and dramatic. The characters feel so distant that I was not going to rate this up much, but then thought about it and realized the film still has a lot of good points to it. Recommended to those who enjoy character studies and a good magic trick.

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      • Aug 09, 2012

        Psychiatrist/author Lindsey Crouse, an icy observer who smokes more than a tire fire, gets more than she expects after getting involved with con man Joe Mantegna and his cronies. Hailed by Roger Ebert as the best film of 1987 (and 3rd on Siskel's list), there were certainly far fewer films of this devious ilk back then, but the modern seasoned film enthusiast will probably deduce the destination several stops ahead of time. Still a good watch though, one of David Mamet's best scripts and as director he uses light & shadow to good effect.

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      • Sep 27, 2011

        A movie on conmen that as a movie is a con on the audience, clever or stupid? I was way ahead of this movie so I couldn't enjoy it the way it's written to be enjoyed. The performances are great and the dialogue is bright - it's a successful adaption, not an enjoyable movie.

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      • May 18, 2011

        A real "pop corn muncher" of a movie...a true classic that holds onto your attention long before you realize that you...have been conned...LOL! A psychologist assists a suicidal patient a wee bit too far before she realizes that she too, is in too deep. See this flick it is an eye opening winner!

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