The Game (1997)
Front Cover Actor
Michael Douglas Nicholas Van Orton
Sean Penn Conrad Van Orton
Deborah Unger Christine (as Deborah Kara Unger)
James Rebhorn Jim Feingold
Peter Donat Samuel Sutherland
Carroll Baker Ilsa
Anna Katerina Elizabeth (as Anna Katarina)
Armin Mueller-Stahl Anson Baer
Charles Martinet Nicholas' Father
Scott Hunter McGuire Young Nicholas
Florentine Mocanu Nicholas' Mother
Elizabeth Dennehy Maria
Caroline Barclay Maggie
Daniel Schorr Himself
John Aprea Power Executive
Harrison Young Obsequious Executive
Kimberly Russell Cynthia, CRS Receptionist
Joe Frank CRS Data Collating Technician
James Brooks James The Bartender
Gerry Becker New Member Ted
Jarion Monroe New Member Victor
Tommy Flanagan Solicitor/Taxi Driver
Bill Flannery Tubercular Commuter
Kathryn Jean Harris Rattle Gatherer
John Cassini Man in Airport
Harris Savides Ankles
Aaron Thomas Luchich City Club Waiter
Victor Talmadge City Club Maitre D'
Marc Siegler City Club Waiter
André Brazeau Heart Attack Performer
Keena Turner Officer Hicks
Carlos Hoy Paramedic Graves
Edward Campbell Paramedic Stern
Sean Lanthier Paramedic Kirkland
Curtis Vanterpool Ambulance EMT
Jay Gordon Triage Doctor
Jeffrey Michael Young Officer Walker
Owen Masterson Pickpocket
Yuji Okumoto Nikko Hotel Manager
Hideo Kimura Nikko Hotel Bellhop
Movie Details
Genre Mystery; Thriller; Adventure
Director David Fincher
Producer Steve Golin
Writer John D. Brancato; Michael Ferris
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 128 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
It's not quite as clever as it tries to be, but The Game does a tremendous job of presenting the story of a rigid control freak trapped in circumstances that are increasingly beyond his control. Michael Douglas plays a rich, divorced, and dreadful investment banker whose 48th birthday reminds him of his father's suicide at the same age. He's locked in the cage of his own misery until his rebellious younger brother (Sean Penn) presents him with a birthday invitation to play "The Game" (described as "an experiential Book of the Month Club")--a mysterious offering from a company called Consumer Recreation Services. Before he knows the game has even begun, Douglas is caught up in a series of unexplained events designed to strip him of his tenuous security and cast him into a maelstrom of chaos. How do you play a game that hasn't any rules? That's what Douglas has to figure out, and he can't always rely on his intelligence to form logic out of what's happening to him. Seemingly cast as the fall guy in a conspiracy thriller, he encounters a waitress (Deborah Unger) who may or may not be trustworthy, and nothing can be taken at face value in a world turned upside down. Douglas is great at conveying the sheer panic of his character's dilemma, and despite some lapses in credibility and an anticlimactic ending, The Game remains a thinking person's thriller that grabs and holds your attention. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 62
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 044004783521
Release Date 2000
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Closed-captioned Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database