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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

  • Release date:October 11, 1987


Awarded by
Venice International Film Festival David Mamet Osella for Best Screenplay 1987 Winner


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
Julie Mendenhall
as Late Student
Rachel Cline
as Student
Ben Blakeman
as Bartender, "Charlie's Tavern"
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


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