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The Game (1997) (Blu-ray)

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Movies & TV
14 Sep 2018
Region B
English SDH
Subtitle 2
Subtitle 3
Sound Format
5.1 DTS MA
Aspect Ratio
Universal Pictures
Supply Source
South Africa


Release Year
Running Time
128 min
Dramas / Action / Blackmail / Character Study / Disturbing / Framed / On-The-Run / Psychodrama / Recommended / Self-Discovery / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
For the follow-up to his dark crime thriller SEVEN, director David Fincher decided to remain in a film noir vein. The result is THE GAME, a fast-paced cinematic roller-coaster ride that stars Michael Douglas as Nicholas Van Orton, a joyless San Francisco investment banker who receives an unusual birthday present from his estranged younger brother, Conrad (Sean Penn). The gift enrolls Nicholas in CRS (Consumer Recreation Services), a company that designs elaborate real-life games for each specific participant. As the game begins, the reluctant Nicholas becomes the victim of a series of pranks that quickly turn malicious and dangerous. Stripped of his finances and convinced that he can trust no one, Nicholas realizes that this game may be an attempt to steal his fortune and leave him for dead. In a desperate bid to regain his life, Nicholas infiltrates CRS in order to uncover the secrets of the mysterious organization.

Douglas is perfect playing the uptight businessman Nicholas, cleverly riffing on his Oscar-winning performance as the cold-blooded Gordon Gekko in WALL STREET. Fincher's Kafkaesque carnival show is an exercise in taut filmmaking that mischievously pulls a seemingly endless supply of rugs out from under both Nicholas and, even more impressive, the viewer.
Theatrical release: September 12, 1997.

Filmed at various locations in California and Baja California, Mexico.

Sean Penn appeared in three major films in 1997--THE GAME, SHE'S SO LOVELY, and U-TURN. Before these films, his only screen appearance since 1993 was his Oscar-nominated performance as a death-row inmate in DEAD MAN WALKING.

Jodie Foster was originally going to appear in the film, but complications with another commitment led to her dropping out. A few year later, however, Foster signed on to star in Fincher's THE PANIC ROOM after Nicole Kidman left the project because of an injury.

Director-actor Spike Jonze appears briefly as an emergency medical technician. In return, David Fincher makes a cameo in Jonze's BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.
Cast & Crew
David Fincher
Michael Douglas / Faustina Alcantar / John Aprea / Carroll Baker / Caroline Barclay / Gerry Becker / Mark Junior Boone / Charles Brankira / Andre Brazen / James Brooks / Edward Campbell / John Cassini / Christopher Cory / Stephen Cowee / Tom Crowl / Sara Davallon / Pete Davidian / Elizabeth Dennehy / Peter Donat / Victor Ferrerira / Christopher John Fields / Bill Flannery / Terence Ford / Joe Frank / Soh Froehlich / Duffy Gaver / Jay Gordon / John Hammil / Kathryn Jean Harris / Carlos Hey / Spike Jonze / Anna Katerina / Jack Kehoe / Hideo Kimura / Tammy Koehlev / Jason Kristopher / Sean Lanthier / Anni Long / Aaron Thomas Luchich / Alex Lynwood / Michael Lynwood / George Maguire / Sean Maloney / Linda Manz / Charles Martinet / Owen Masterson / Tracie May / Scott Hunter McGuire / Jamie Midgley / Florentine Mocan / Jarion Monroe / Armin Mueller-Stahl / Heriberto Norzagary / Yuji Okumoto / Esan Pena / Sean Penn / James Rebhorn / Kimberly Russell / Joy Ann Ryan / Harris Savides / Rachel Schadt / Daniel Schorr / Bob Scott / Marc Siegler / Trish Sommerville / Rachel Steinberg / Robert J. Stephenson / Victor Talmadge / Tommy Flanagan Trio / Keena Turner / Deborah Kara Unger / Curtis Vanterpool / Harrison Young / Jeffery Michael Young
John Brancato / Michael Ferris
Howard Shore
Ceán Chaffin / Steve Golin
Director of Photography
Harris Savides
Jim Haygood
Production Designer
Jeffrey Beecroft
Costume Designer
Michael Kaplan
Movie Critics
Chicago 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..."
Roger Ebert (12 Sep 1997, p.33)
Entertainment Weekly
"[A]n underappreciated puzzle-piece thriller....Sean Penn is terrifically low-key..." -- Grade: B+
Chris Nashawaty (25 Nov 2011, )
Los Angeles Times
"...A brain-twisting thriller....Fincher has the touch of Hitchcock when it comes to creating tension and suspense..."
Jack Mathews (12 Sep 1997, p.F1)
New York Times
"...[Mr. Fincher] has made THE GAME with impressive craftsmanship and a very high gloss....This film sustains visual allure on several levels..."
Janet Maslin (12 Sep 1997, p.C1)
Total Film
"...Douglas gives a potentially clinical plot credibility and heart, while Fincher buffs can marvel at the sheer visual drama..."
Dorian Lynskey (1 Mar 2001, p.118)
USA Today
"...Michael Douglas again proves himself one of the most watchable actors on the big screen in THE GAME..."
Jeannie Williams (12 Sep 1997, p.2D)