House of Games [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1987]

  • SKU: 8438229
  • Release Date: 08/21/2007
  • Rating: R
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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Juan Ruiz Anchía
  • 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"
  • Storyboard detail
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Plus: an essay by critic Kent Jones and excerpts from Mamet's introduction to the published screenplay


House of Games
In his directorial debut, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet creates a stylish cinematic puzzle of games within games, as con men are joined by a psychologist in creating the perfect caper. Dr. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse), the writer of psychological self-help books, meets Mike (Joe Mantegna) as she attempts to help a patient who owes heavy gambling debts. When she herself is the victim of a con, she becomes intrigued by the psychological drama of the con game and joins in a complicated scam involving a suitcase of cash. Mamet directs his extremely complicated plot with skill and complete control until it is impossible to tell who is the con and who is the victim. The suspense builds to an amazing surprise ending which is both reasonable and believable but completely unpredictable. Crouse and Mantegna are outstanding as are all the supporting performances. Mamet and his cinematographer Juan Ruiz-Anchia create a visually stunning, compelling film that does justice to Mamet's superbly written screenplay ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Lindsay Crouse
    Lindsay Crouse - Dr. Margaret Ford
  • Joe Mantegna
    Joe Mantegna - Mike
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    Mike Nussbaum - Joey
  • Lilia Skala
    Lilia Skala - Dr. Littauer
  • J.T. Walsh
    J.T. Walsh - Businessman

Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Mamet's Masterpiece


    I recently discovered this great Mamet gem from The Criterion Collection and was blown away by the awesome script and crisp direction. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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