David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut was this mesmerizing study of control and seduction between two kinds of detached observers: a gambler who is also a con artist, and a psychotherapist who is also an emerging pop-psych guru in the book market. The latter (played by Lindsay Crouse) meets the former (Joe Mantegna) when one of her clients is driven to despair from his debts to the card shark. Mantegna's character agrees to drop the IOUs in exchange for Crouse's attention at the seedy House of Games in Seattle, a mecca for con men to talk shop and hustle unsuspecting customers. The shrink gets so caught up in the arcane rules and world view of her guide over subsequent days that she observes--with no false rapture--various stings in progress inside and outside the club. Mamet's story finally becomes a fascinating study of two people protecting and extending their respective cosmologies the way rival predators fight for the same piece of turf. The psychological challenge is compelling; so is the stylized dialogue, with its pattern of pauses and hiccups and humming meter. Mostly shooting at night, Mamet also gave Seattle a different look from previous filmmakers, turning its familiar puddles into concentrations of liquid neon and poisonous noir. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A story about a writer who gets mixed up with a con-artist. A psychological thriller with twists all over. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2009 by Luigi Di Serio
It may be due to the fact that I was only 7 when this film premiered, but I found House of Games to be atrocious! Read morePublished on June 16 2004
House of games is one of my eternal favorites ones. I watch it at least once each year. It's a Pandora's box for everyone. First at all Mamet is a very clever scripter. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
HOUSE OF GAMES presents the audience with one who craves relief from a life of quiet desperation.
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Lindsay Crouse plays a psychologist who is treating an adictive gambler. In the middle of their session, he pulls out a gun. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003 by the wizard of uz
All discussion of Mamet's art aside, I recommend this film to female audiences. Lindsay Crouse's performance has been deservedly positively reviewed above, but what hasn't yet been... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by ysgwd
The thing about House Of Games is that you're sure its lame until the last 30 minutes or so and after you've finished watching it, you still can't decide if you like it or not. Read morePublished on May 31 2003 by "autumnrhythm"
THE HOUSE OF GAMES is the kind of film that lingers with you long after you've turned your tv off and gone to bed. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2003 by Angie E.