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House of Games

David Mamet

 
House of Games (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1987
  • 102 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #399

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Mamet first sat in the director’s chair for this sly, merciless thriller. Mamet’s witty tale of a therapist and best-selling author (Lindsay Crouse) who must confront her own obsessions when she meets an attractive cardsharp (Joe Mantegna) is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career criminal.

Cast

Mike MancusoJoe Mantegna
Dr. Margaret FordLindsay Crouse
JoeyMike Nussbaum
Dr. Maria Littauer Lilia Skala
The businessman J.T. Walsh
Girl with bookWillo Hausman
MurderessKaren Kohlhaas
Billy Hahn Steven Goldstein
Bartender, House of Games Jack Wallace
GeorgeRicky Jay
Sgt. John Moran William H. Macy

Credits

DirectorDavid Mamet
ProducerMichael Hausman
ScreenplayDavid Mamet
StoryJonathan Katz and David Mamet
CinematographyJuan Ruiz Anchía
EditingTrudy Ship
MusicAlaric Jans
Costume designNan Cibula
Production designMichael Merritt

Disc Features

SPECIAL DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchia
  • Audio commentary by director David Mamet and consultant and actor Ricky Jay
  • New video interviews with actors Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna
  • David Mamet on "House of Games," a short documentary shot on location during the film’s preparation and production
  • Storyboard detail
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet’s introduction to the published screenplay

    New cover illustration by Eric Skillman, design by Jamie Keenan

Film Essays

House of Games: On Your Mark

By Kent JonesAugust 20, 2007

In 1987, nothing else looked or sounded quite like House of Games. David Mamet’s debut film . . . Read more »

Video


Press Notes

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December 22, 2010

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Film Essays

House of Games: On Your Mark

By Kent JonesAugust 20, 2007

In 1987, nothing else looked or sounded quite like House of Games. David Mamet’s debut film . . . Read more »