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||IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 from 15,970 votes
||Release: 14 July 1988 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
||Director: David Mamet,
||Stars: Allen Soule, Andy Potok, Ben Blakeman, Bob Lumbra, G. Roy Levin, J.T. Walsh, Jack Wallace, Joe Mantegna, Karen Kohlhaas, Lilia Skala, Lindsay Crouse, Mike Nussbaum, Ricky Jay, Steven Goldstein, Willo Hausman
||Synopsis: A famous psychologist, Margaret Ford, decides to try to help one of her patients get out of a gambling debt. She visits the bar where Mike, to whom the debt is owed, runs poker games. He convinces her to help him in a game: her assignment is to look for "tells", or give-away body language. What seems easy to her becomes much more complex. Written by John J. Magee <[email protected]>
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`The United States of Kiss My Ass'
House of Games is the directional debut from playwright David Mamet and it
is an effective and at times surprising psychological thriller. It stars
Lindsay Crouse as best-selling psychiatrist, Margaret Ford, who decides to
confront the gambler who has driven one of her patients to contemplate
suicide. In doing so she leaves the safety and comfort of her somewhat
ordinary life behind and travels `downtown' to visit the lowlife place,
House of Games.
The gambler Mike (played excellently by Joe Mantegna) turns out to be
somewhat sharp and shifty. He offers Crouse's character a deal, if she is
willing to sit with him at a game, a big money game in the backroom, he'll
cancel the patients debts. The card game ensues and soon the psychiatrist
and the gambler are seen to be in a familiar line of work (gaining the
of others) and a fascinating relationship begins.
What makes House of Games interesting and an essential view for any film
is the constant guessing of who is in control, is it the psychiatrist or
con-man or is it the well-known man of great bluffs David Mamet.
In House of Games the direction is dull and most of the times flat and
uninspiring, however in every David Mamet film it is the story which is
central to the whole proceedings, not the direction. In House of Games
shines through in part thanks to the superb performances from the two
(showy and distracting) but mainly as is the case with much of Mamet's
it is the dialogue, which grips you and slowly draws you into the film. No
one in the House of Games says what they mean and conversations become
battlegrounds and war of words. Everyone bluffs and double bluffs, which
reminiscent of a poker games natural order. This is a running theme
throughout the film and is used to great effect at the right moments to
create vast amounts of tension. House of Games can also be viewed as a
`class-war' division movie. With Lindsay Crouse we have the middle-class,
well-to-do educated psychiatrist and Joe Mantegna is the complete
the working class of America earning a living by `honest' crime.
The film seduces the viewer much like Crouse is seduced by Mantegna and
end result is ultimately a very satisfying piece of American cinema. And
final of the film is definitely something for all to see and watch out
An extremely enjoyable film experience that is worth repeated viewings.
Tags for House of Games Full Movie
, Andy Potok
, Ben Blakeman
, Bob Lumbra
, G. Roy Levin
, J.T. Walsh
, Jack Wallace
, Joe Mantegna
, Karen Kohlhaas
, Lilia Skala
, Lindsay Crouse
, Mike Nussbaum
, Ricky Jay
, Steven Goldstein
, Willo Hausman
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