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The Game [1997] (1 disc)
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Director:David Fincher
Writer:John D. Brancato
Michael Ferris
Composer:Howard Shore
Length:129 minutes
(2 hours 9 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Thriller
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Nicholas Van Orton begins to play a game that his brother got him for his birthday, but things quickly take a turn for the bizarre.


Reaction: A tense movie that keeps you guessing the entire time.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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David Fincher => Director
John D. Brancato => Writer
Michael Ferris => Writer
Howard Shore => Composer
Anna Katarina => Elizabeth
Armin Mueller-Stahl => Anson Baer
Caroline Barclay => Maggie
Carroll Baker => Ilsa
Charles Martinet => Nicholas' Father
Daniel Schorr => Himself
Deborah Kara Unger => Christine
Elizabeth Dennehy => Maria
Florentine Mocanu => Nicholas' Mother
Harrison Young => Obsequious Executive
James Rebhorn => Jim Feingold
John Aprea => Power Executive
Kimberly Russell => Cynthia, CRS Receptionist
Michael Douglas => Nicholas Van Orton
Peter Donat => Samuel Sutherland
Scott Hunter McGuire => Young Nicholas
Sean Penn => Conrad Van Orton
Spike Jonze => Airbag EMT Beltran

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jodie Foster was in talks for the part eventually played by Sean Penn. At that time in pre-production the character was intended to be Nicholas Van Orton's daughter or sister, but she was dropped from what she viewed as a firm commitment from PolyGram (the same company her own production company, Egg Pictures, is affiliated with). She sued PolyGram. The case was settled before trial for an undisclosed amount.
  • Nicholas's "San Francisco" home was actually the historic Filoli Mansion, 25 miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California. The plain gravel forecourt of the mansion was made to look more like a wrap-around driveway by the addition of the fountain, which was constructed of lightweight foam. The interior shots of the kitchen were made in the original time-worn kitchen, which is displayed on tours but no longer used. The kitchen's state of repair is not good, which partially accounts for the very dim lighting used in the kitchen scenes. The scenes in which the walls were defaced with graffiti was done by tacking up lightweight graffiti-painted foamcore boards over the wood paneling. All of the scenes at the mansion were completed in one day.
  • The equipment need to solve the real Game has become, in recent years, increasingly high-tech. Palm Pilots, pocket PCs, wireless Internet connections and portable photocopiers are a given. One year a snorkel, mask and a wet suit were required to locate a clue tied to a rock at the bottom of a lake. Another time, tuxedos were necessary so that a clue could be surreptitiously solved in the midst of a formal banquet.
  • [?] Andrew Kevin Walker was one of the uncredited writers.
  • David Fincher claimed in an interview in UK film magazine Empire, that there is a can of haggis in every scene of the movie. This was done as a joke, because "Haggis" is the nickname of cinematographer [?] Harris Savides.
  • Deborah Kara Unger fractured a bone in her foot and jumped into a dumpster infested with real rats on the while working on this film.
  • The real Game is, more-or-less, a Ph.D. caliber scavenger hunt. It's also a team event. There is no prize money. Each team's entry fee is $25,000; limited to ten teams. All of the entry money is donated to charity. The game is actually supported by several wealthy benefactors, including Microsoft's [?] Bill Gates. Each team consists of one van full of players - usually four to six people. A series of clues, often in the form of puzzles, must be solved; each clue's answers lead to the next clue. Teams travel from clue to clue, until reaching the finish line. The winners typically take about 24 hours to finish. Often the clues are so intricate and choreographed that they approximate small theatrical productions, occasionally employing a dozen or more actors.
  • The hands which appear under the door in the bathroom were the hands of DP [?] Harris Savides.
  • CAMEO(Spike Jonze): the paramedic who shines a light in Van Orton's eyes after his fall.
  • The Criterion laserdisc and the SE DVD feature an alternate ending where Nicholas Van Orton comes out of the hotel, declines a taxi and just walks away.