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House of Games

  • Film

Time Out says

In playwright David Mamet's directorial debut, best-selling psychiatrist Margaret Ford (Crouse) decides to confront the gambler who has driven one of her patients to the verge of suicide, and leaves her orderly, antiseptic life for a visit to the downtown lowlife House of Games. Mike (Mantegna) turns out to be swift and shifty, promising to cancel the patient's debts if Margaret sits in with him on a big money card game in the back room. Fascinated by the similarities between her trade and Mike's - both study human nature and trade on trust - Margaret hangs out with Mike and learns, to her cost, the intricacies of the sting. Mamet's glee in tracking the rackets and his ear for the great American aphasia - 'I'm from the United States of Kiss My Ass' - more than compensate for the sometimes flat direction, and the performances are splendid.
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Release Details

  • Duration:102 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:David Mamet
  • Screenwriter:David Mamet
  • Cast:
    • Lindsay Crouse
    • Joe Mantegna
    • Mike Nussbaum
    • Lilia Skala
    • JT Walsh
    • Steve Goldstein
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