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In his directorial debut, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright [[Performer~P100953~David Mamet~davidmamet]] 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 ([[Performer~P15941~Lindsay Crouse~lindsaycrouse]]), the writer of psychological self-help books, meets Mike ([[Performer~P45196~Joe Mantegna~joemantegna]]) 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. [[Performer~P100953~Mamet~davidmamet]] 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. [[Performer~P15941~Crouse~lindsaycrouse]] and [[Performer~P45196~Mantegna~joemantegna]] are outstanding as are all the supporting performances. [[Performer~P100953~Mamet~davidmamet]] and his cinematographer Juan Ruiz-Anchia create a visually stunning, compelling film that does justice to [[Performer~P100953~Mamet~davidmamet]]'s superbly written screenplay ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:October 11, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival David Mamet Osella for Best Screenplay 1987 Winner

Cast

Lindsay Crouse
as Dr. Margaret Ford
Joe Mantegna
as Mike
Mike Nussbaum
as Joey
Lilia Skala
as Dr. Littauer
J.T. Walsh
as Businessman
Ricky Jay
as George/Vegas Man
Willo Hausman
as Girl With Book
Karen Kohlhaas
as Prison Ward Patient
Jack Wallace
as Bartender "House of Games"
Steve Goldstein
as Billy Hahn
G. Roy Levin
as Poker Player
Bob Lumbra
as Poker Player
Andy Potok
as Poker Player
Allen Soule
as Poker Player
William H. Macy
as Sgt. Horan
Ben Blakeman
as Bartender, "Charlie's Tavern"
Julie Mendenhall
as Late Student
Rachel Cline
as Student
Paul Walsh
as Man in Restaurant
Scott Zigler
as Western Union Clerk
Patricia Wolff
as Patient, Dr. Ford's Office
Johnny S.B. Willis
as Hotel Doorman
Josh Conescu
as Garage Attendant
Meshach Taylor
as Mr. Dean

Crew

David Mamet
Director
Michael Hausman
Producer
David Mamet
Screenwriter
David Mamet
Screen Story
Jonathan Katz
Screen Story
Alaric Jans
Composer (Music Score)
Trudy Ship
Editor
Lee R. Mayes
Production Designer
Derek R. Hill
Set Designer
Nan Cibula
Costume Designer
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