Douglas, Michael

SKU: 025192198403

UPC 025192198403
Release Date 2015-07-14
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Length 129
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis For the follow-up to his dark crime thriller SEVEN, director David Fincher decided to remain in a film noir vein. The result is THE GAME, a fast-paced cinematic roller-coaster ride that stars Michael Douglas as Nicholas Van Orton, a joyless San Francisco investment banker who receives an unusual birthday present from his estranged younger brother, Conrad (Sean Penn). The gift enrolls Nicholas in CRS (Consumer Recreation Services), a company that designs elaborate real-life games for each specific participant. As the game begins, the reluctant Nicholas becomes the victim of a series of pranks that quickly turn malicious and dangerous. Stripped of his finances and convinced that he can trust no one, Nicholas realizes that this game may be an attempt to steal his fortune and leave him for dead. In a desperate bid to regain his life, Nicholas infiltrates CRS in order to uncover the secrets of the mysterious organization. Douglas is perfect playing the uptight businessman Nicholas, cleverly riffing on his Oscar-winning performance as the cold-blooded Gordon Gekko in WALL STREET. Fincher's Kafkaesque carnival show is an exercise in taut filmmaking that mischievously pulls a seemingly endless supply of rugs out from under both Nicholas and, even more impressive, the viewer....Michael Douglas again proves himself one of the most watchable actors on the big screen in THE GAME...Theatrical release: September 12, 1997. Filmed at various locations in California and Baja California, Mexico. Sean Penn appeared in three major films in 1997--THE GAME, SHE'S SO LOVELY, and U-TURN. Before these films, his only screen appearance since 1993 was his Oscar-nominated performance as a death-row inmate in DEAD MAN WALKING. Jodie Foster was originally going to appear in the film, but complications with another commitment led to her dropping out. A few year later, however, Foster signed on to star in Fincher's THE PANIC ROOM after Nicole Kidman left the project because of an injury. Director-actor Spike Jonze appears briefly as an emergency medical technician. In return, David Fincher makes a cameo in Jonze's BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.What do you get for the man who has everything?--Conrad Van Orton (Sean Penn) to his brother, Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) 'Consumer Recreation Services.' Well, I do have golf clubs....--Nicholas Call that number.--Conrad Why?--Nicholas Make your Fun.--Nicholas You know what that've seen other people have it.--Conrad I'm being toyed with by a bunch of depraved children.--Nicholas I don't care about the money. I'm pulling back the curtain. I want to meet the wizard.--Nicholas...[Mr. Fincher] has made THE GAME with impressive craftsmanship and a very high gloss....This film sustains visual allure on several levels......A brain-twisting thriller....Fincher has the touch of Hitchcock when it comes to creating tension and suspense......The movie's thriller elements are given an additional gloss by the skill of the technical credits, and the wicked wit of the dialogue......Douglas gives a potentially clinical plot credibility and heart, while Fincher buffs can marvel at the sheer visual drama...4 stars out of 5 -- [I]f you're interested in filmmaking craft, there's gristle here, while the main feature retains its power to needle and unnerve.[A]n underappreciated puzzle-piece thriller....Sean Penn is terrifically low-key... -- Grade: B+
Cast Michael Ferris (Screenwriter)
Marc Siegler (Star)
John Cassini (Star)
John Brancato (Screenwriter)
Tammy Koehlev (Star)
Tommy Flanagan Trio (Star)
Robert J. Stephenson (Star)
Armin Mueller-Stahl (Star)
Anni Long (Star)
Linda Manz (Star)
Charles Brankira (Star)
John Aprea (Star)
Tom Crowl (Star)
Victor Talmadge (Star)
Trish Sommerville (Star)
Jeffery Michael Young (Star)
John Hammil (Star)
Charles Martinet (Star)
Daniel Schorr (Star)
Mark Junior Boone (Star)
Michael Lynwood (Star)
Kimberly Russell (Star)
Andre Brazen (Star)
Faustina Alcantar (Star)
James Brooks (Star)
Peter Donat (Star)
Jason Kristopher (Star)
Terence Ford (Star)
Jack Kehoe (Star)
Carroll Baker (Star)
Sara Davallon (Star)
Keena Turner (Star)
Christopher John Fields (Star)
Anna Katerina (Star)
Stephen Cowee (Star)
Rachel Schadt (Star)
Alex Lynwood (Star)
Sean Lanthier (Star)
Sean Penn (Star)
Jeffrey Beecroft (Production Designer)
Howard Shore (Composer)
Steve Golin (Producer)
Curtis Vanterpool (Star)
Soh Froehlich (Star)
Joe Frank (Star)
Victor Ferrerira (Star)
Aaron Thomas Luchich (Star)
Harris Savides (Star)
Heriberto Norzagary (Star)
Esan Pena (Star)
Kathryn Jean Harris (Star)
James Rebhorn (Star)
Rachel Steinberg (Star)
Hideo Kimura (Star)
Caroline Barclay (Star)
Deborah Kara Unger (Star)
Bob Scott (Star)
Spike Jonze (Star)
Duffy Gaver (Star)
Edward Campbell (Star)
Owen Masterson (Star)
David Fincher (Director)
Jim Haygood (Editor)
Harris Savides (Director of Photography)
Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer)
George Maguire (Star)
Bill Flannery (Star)
Yuji Okumoto (Star)
Jarion Monroe (Star)
Florentine Mocan (Star)
Sean Maloney (Star)
Pete Davidian (Star)
Harrison Young (Star)
Jay Gordon (Star)
Tracie May (Star)
Jamie Midgley (Star)
Elizabeth Dennehy (Star)
Michael Douglas (Star)
Scott Hunter McGuire (Star)
Gerry Becker (Star)
Joy Ann Ryan (Star)
Carlos Hey (Star)
Christopher Cory (Star)
Ceán Chaffin (Producer)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown] Widescreen - 2.39 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English, French DTS Surround 5.1 - English, French Subtitles - English
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Suspense/Thriller,Mystery
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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