• House of Games (1987)

House of Games

Release Date: October 14th, 1987

DVD Release Date: December 19th, 2000

R |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Lilia Skala, J.T. Walsh, Willo Hausman, Ricky Jay, Meshach Taylor

Director: David Mamet

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Filmhaus

Keywords: Love, Gripping, Mystery, 1980s, Temptation, Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Slant Magazine

    His meticulous, largely self-taught directing style—dazzlingly showcased in House of Games, a master class in dramatically functional compositions and camera moves—should be mandatory viewing for any would-be filmmaker. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This movie is awake. I have seen so many films that were sleepwalking through the debris of old plots and second-hand ideas that it was a constant pleasure to watch House of Games, a movie about con men that succeeds not only in conning the audience, but also in creating a series of characters who seem imprisoned by the need to con, or be conned. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    Directing his first feature film, playwright David Mamet has accomplished the seemingly impossible: His dark and gripping House of Games is at once perfectly faithful to the world of his stage work and a fully realized piece of cinema.

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