David Mamet

House of Games

House of Games

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

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Special 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

House of Games
Cast
Joe Mantegna
Mike Mancuso
Lindsay Crouse
Dr. Margaret Ford
Mike Nussbaum
Joey
Lilia Skala
Dr. Maria Littauer
J.T. Walsh
The businessman
Willo Hausman
Girl with book
Karen Kohlhaas
Murderess
Steven Goldstein
Billy Hahn
Jack Wallace
Bartender, House of Games
Ricky Jay
George
William H. Macy
Sgt. John Moran
Credits
Director
David Mamet
Producer
Michael Hausman
Screenplay
David Mamet
Story
Jonathan Katz
Story
David Mamet
Cinematography
Juan Ruiz Anchía
Editing
Trudy Ship
Music
Alaric Jans
Costume design
Nan Cibula
Production design
Michael Merritt

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