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 an "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 patients 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!

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House of Games (1987)

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Crime/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 42m · 9/4/1987

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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 an "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 patients 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!

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

Filmhaus

Revenue

$2,585,639
Part Of
Cast
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Lindsay Crouse

Margaret Ford
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Joe Mantegna

Mike
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Mike Nussbaum

Joey
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Lilia Skala

Dr. Maria Littauer
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J.T. Walsh

The Businessman
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Willo Hausman

Girl with Book
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Karen Kohlhaas

Prison Ward Patient
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Steven Goldstein

Billy Hahn
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Jack Wallace

Bartender - House of Games
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Ricky Jay

George / Vegas Man
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G. Roy Levin

Poker Player
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Bob Lumbra

Poker Player
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Andy Potok

Poker Player
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Allen Soule

Poker Player
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Ben Blakeman

Bartender - Charlie's Tavern
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Scott Zigler

Western Union Clerk
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William H. Macy

Sgt. Moran (as W.H. Macy)
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John Pritchett

Hotel Desk Clerk
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Meshach Taylor

Mr. Dean
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Johnny 'Sugarbear' Willis

Hotel Doorman (as Sugarbear Willis)
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Josh Conescu

Garage Attendant
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Julie Mendenhall

Late Student
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Rachel Cline

Student
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Patricia Wolff

Patient - Ford's Office
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Paul Walsh

Man in Restaurant
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Roberta Maguire

Restaurant Hostess
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Jacqueline de La Chaume

Woman with Lighter
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John Nelson

Bar Patron (uncredited)
Crew
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David Mamet

Director
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David Mamet

Writer
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Jonathan Katz

Writer
Disc Releases
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House of Games

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD, Low))

5/14/2019

$21.72 -$18.23 (46%)

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House of Games

(DVD)

12/19/2000

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House of Games

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

8/21/2007

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