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The Game (1997) Movie Information

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David Fincher


Michael Douglas
Deborah Kara Unger
Sean Penn
Carroll Baker
James Rebhorn
Armin Mueller-Stahl





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A man who has everything is given an odd gift by his spoiled brother - a game that is supposed to involve his life. But, when real bullets start flying he suspects it is more than just a game

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mitchellyoung 02/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The Game is an interesting and paranoid thriller, one in which the rules keep changing with each scene. Despite the many twist endings, the film never seems like it's trying too hard and the twists and turns come naturally and are genuinely surprising. An underrated Fincher gem.

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Alaine 12/16/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I've seen this several times and it still interests me even though I know what's coming. Interesting concept, played well overall.

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Snoogans 12/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A very intriguing mystery, with a twist you won't be able to guess. Perfectly paced and riveting to watch unfold.

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05/17/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Mysterious and suspenseful!

“I was drugged and left for dead in Mexico - and all I got was this stupid t-shirt"

Nicholas Van Orten (Michael Douglas) is a self-important, officious, extravagantly wealthy financier banker who has always been a loner. On his 48th birthday, the same age when his father committed suicide, he receives a mysterious gift from his younger brother named Conrad (played by Sean Penn) - a ticket for something known as 'The Game.' Nicholas' curiosity is peaked and he signs up for the game at CRS, Consumer Recreation Services. He does a day's worth of testing and then is told that CRS couldn't make a game for him. Shortly after that he finds himself in a real life game where he is the victim of fraud, his house is broken into, there are attempts to kill him and his brother is committed. Van Ort...

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05/04/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A Near Masterpiece

The Game is a first-rate thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end. Michael Douglas is superb in his role as investment banker Nicholas Van Orton, a role undoubtedly inspired by Douglas' Oscar winning turn as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. In fact, the viewer can hardly conceive of another actor play the part. Sean Penn fans will be sorely disappointed as his role is quite small (but crucial) as he plays the brother (and family screwup) Conrad Van Orton. The rest of the supporting cast is filled out by several character actors, including James Rebhorn, perhaps the epitome of all character actors, the guy you know, but cannot name.

Overall, the film is very ambitious. Some of the scenes are masterpieces and David Fincher is right at home directing this paranoid film an...

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02/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Game" by Yojimbo

Businessman Michael Douglas is powerful and wealthy but joyless and emotionally distant, so his mischievous younger brother Sean Penn buys him a part in a "game" that quickly spirals out of control. David Fincher's follow up to Seven contains the same brooding, dark atmosphere and slick visuals as you'd expect, and his assured direction combined with the perfectly cast Douglas compliment an intriguing premise. The story constantly wrong foots you as you are never quite sure what is "real", and it makes for a very interesting off beat concept for a thriller. Unfortunately, The Game's script is one of those that just does not know when to stop and gets a little too twist happy for its own good. Upon the first twist in the tale, I was enjoying the film immensely. When the second came along, ...

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