House of Games (1987)

Where the game is never over.

Original Title : House of Games
Director : David Mamet
Writer : David Mamet
Jonathan Katz
David Mamet
Genre : Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Michael Hausman
Music : Alaric Jans
Photography : Juan Ruiz Anchía
IMDB ID : 0093223
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Lindsay Crouse Margaret Ford
Joe Mantegna Mike
Mike Nussbaum Joey
Lilia Skala Dr. Littauer
J.T. Walsh The businessman
Willo Hausman Girl with book
Karen Kohlhaas Prison ward patient
Steven Goldstein Billy Hahn
Jack Wallace Bartender, House of Games
Ricky Jay George/Vegas Man
G. Roy Levin Poker player
Bob Lumbra Poker player
Andy Potok Poker player
Allen Soule Poker player
Ben Blakeman Bartender, Charlie's Tavern
Scott Zigler Western Union clerk
William H. Macy Sgt. Moran (as W.H. Macy
John Pritchett Hotel desk clerk
Meshach Taylor Mr. Dean
Johnny 'Sugarbear' Willis Hotel doorman (as Sugarbear Willis
Josh Conescu Garage attendant
Julie Mendenhall Late student
Rachel Cline Student
Patricia Wolff Patient/Ford's office
Paul Walsh Man in restaurant
Roberta Maguire Restaurant hostess
Jacqueline de La Chaume Woman with lighter
Julie Michaels (uncredited


A famous psychologist, Margaret Ford, decides to try to help one of her patients get out of a gambling debt. She visits the bar where Mike, to whom the debt is owed, runs poker games. He convinces her to help him in a game: her assignment is to look for "tells", or give-away body language. What seems easy to her becomes much more complex.


Neat! Directed by David Mamet (The Spanish Prisoner) this is a great mystery movie.Don't let anyone tell you the story.You must see it!It is a Hitchcock type of story. It is fascinating. House of Games is a very tricky movie. The plot is mind boggling and it is a work of art. My favorite quotes: Mike: "You can't bluff someone who's not paying attention." Mike:" What I'm talking about comes down to a more basic philosophical principle: "Don't trust nobody." I recommend the movie.
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