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House of Games (1987)

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Release Date
Oct 14, 1987 (USA)
DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 19, 2000

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Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country USA

Studio Filmhaus, Orion

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• House of Games
• Haus der Spiele (1988)

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Scams And Cons, Psychodrama, Deception, Love, Disturbing

Tagline: Where the game is never over.

Plot: David Mamet's directorial debut finds him exploring his abiding interest in deception and inviting his audience to be prepared for endless twists and turns. The film is a character study of Dr. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse), a psychiatrist and best-selling author specializing in addictive behavior. During a therapy session, she discovers that a patient owes a $25,000 gambling debt. When she becomes involved on her patient's behalf, she enters an underworld populated with fascinating characters. Dr. Ford is both strong and vulnerable, and Crouse exploits this ambiguity in a powerful central performance. Joe Mantegna is also a presence as underworld denizen Mike. The strong overall acting and well-crafted plot pleased critics and proved to be at the heart of Mamet's future filmmaking successes.

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 Directed by
David Mamet
Spartan, State and Main, Heist
 Written by
David Mamet
Hannibal, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Edge
Jonathan Katz
Daddy Day Care
Lindsay Crouse
The Insider, The Arrival, Slap Shot
Joe Mantegna
The Godfather: Part III, Three Amigos, Searching for Bobby Fischer
J.T. Walsh
A Few Good Men, Sling Blade, The Negotiator
William H. Macy
Fargo, Magnolia, Jurassic Park III
Mike Nussbaum
Men in Black, Field of Dreams, Fatal Attraction
Lilia Skala
Flashdance, Lilies of the Field, Testament
Willo Hausman
Laurel Canyon, Homicide, Things Change
 Music By
Alaric Jans
The Winslow Boy, Homicide, Things Change

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