• The Game (1997)

The Game

Release Date: September 12th, 1997

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

R |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is a successful banker who keeps mostly to himself. When his estranged brother Conrad (Sean Penn) returns on his birthday with an odd gift -- participation in a personalized, real-life game -- Nicholas reluctantly accepts. Initially harmless, the game grows increasingly personal, and Orton begins to fear for his life as he eludes agents from the mysterious game's organizers. With no one left to trust and his money gone, Orton must find answers for himself.

Cast: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Peter Donat, Carroll Baker, Anna Katarina, Armin Mueller-Stahl

Director: David Fincher

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Keywords: Escape , Suspenseful , Creative , Quest , 1990s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    On the surface, The Game is an unusually imaginative thriller that bends its offbeat plot into so many twists that you actually have to pay attention - something few Hollywood movies demand nowadays - to understand its evolution and enjoy the multiple payoffs at the end. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    At times The Game is frustrating to watch, but that's just a measure of how well Fincher succeeds in putting us in his hero's shoes. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie's thriller elements are given an additional gloss by the skill of the technical credits, and the wicked wit of the dialogue. show more

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