House of Games
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1987
Director: David Mamet
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 027616-855572
Running time: 1:41 (101 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, 1.85:1 Widescreen
DVD-Format: Double-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: December 19, 2000
Collection type: Owned (#764)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 09, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 9 / 10
Review (video): 6 / 10
It's the shrink vs. the shark in the ultimate mind game! Starring Oscar® nominee* Lindsay Crouse (The Insider) and Joe Mantegna (Godfather III) as an unlikely team of con artists, this "witty and devious" (Time) psychological thriller is Oscar® nominee** David Mamet’s directorial debut. It's "extraordinary" (Newsweek) and "thrilling funhouse" (New York Post) of mental gamesmanship that will keep you guessing until its exciting end!

When a suicidal patient reveals that his gambling debt has him at the end of his rope, dedicated psychiatrist Margaret Ford (Crouse) enters into the shadowy underground world of gaming to help him out. At a seedy casino, she boldly confronts Mike (Mantegna), the con man who holds her patient's markers. Duped into a high-stakes poker match, Margaret becomes intoxicated by Mike's mastery, as he both cheats at the game and charms her. She quickly falls for him, turning a blind eye to the fact that he’s a swindler who can't be trusted. And before long she finds herself sparring in a mental poker match of the heart...with deadly consequences!

*1984: Supporting Actress, Places in the Heart
**1982: Writing, screenplay based on material from another medium, The Verdict; 1997: Writing, screenplay based on material from another medium, Wag The Dog
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Production Studios:
 • Orion Pictures
 • Filmhaus Productions
Media Companies:
 • MGM Home Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
French  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Spanish  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature (A: W/S; B: P&S)
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 • Closed Captioned
David Mamet....Director
David Mamet....Screenwriter
Jonathan Katz....Story By
David Mamet....Story By
Michael Hausman....Producer
Juan Ruiz Anchia....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Trudy Ship....Film Editor
Alaric Jans....Composer
John Pritchett....Production Sound Mixer
Anthony John Ciccolini III....Supervising Sound Editor
Thomas A. Gulino....Sound Editor
Jeffrey Stern....Sound Editor
Nan Cibula....Costume Designer
Michael Merritt....Production Designer
Pamela Westmore....Make-up Artist
Robert Willard....Visual Effects
Lindsay Crouse....Margaret Ford
Joe Mantegna....Mike
Mike Nussbaum....Joey
Lilia Skala....Dr. Littauer
J. T. Walsh....The Businessman
Willo Hausman....Girl with Book
Karen Kohlhaas....Prison Ward Patient
Steve Goldstein....Billy Hahn
Jack Wallace....Bartender/House of Games
Ricky Jay....George/Vegas Man
G. Roy Levin....Poker Player
Bob Lumbra....Poker Player
Andy Potok....Poker Player
Allen Soule....Poker Player
Ben Blakeman....Bartender/Charlie's Tavern
Scott Zigler....Western Union Clerk
W. H. Macy....Sgt. John Moran
John Pritchett....Hotel Desk Clerk
Meshach Taylor....Mr. Dean
Sugarbear Willis....Hotel Doorman
Josh Conescu....Garage Attendant
Julie Mendenhall....Late Student
Rachel Cline....Student
Patricia Wolff....Patient/Ford's Office
Paul Walsh....Man in Restaurant
Roberta Maguire....Restaurant Hostess
Jacqueline De La Chaume....Woman with Lighter
Julie Michaels.... (uncredited)