The Game (1997)

Director: David Fincher Run Time: 129 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1997

Starring: Deborah Kara Unger, James Rebhorn, Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Spike Jonze

Country: United States
Language: English


Spend this February with Fincher and four of his iconic thrillers, Se7en (1995)The Game (1997), Panic Room (2002), and Zodiac (2007).


About the film:

In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a cold-hearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad: a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nary a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.

“unfolds like a Hitchcockian single-player puzzle-based video game”

—Chris Evangelista for Roger Ebert

About the filmmaker:

Though known for his intricate psychological thrillers, Fincher evolved his filmmaking style crafting music videos. His films have received forty Academy Award nominations, including Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010) and Mank (2020). His other projects include cult classic Fight Club (1999), Palme d’Or nominated Zodiac (2007), the critically acclaimed Gone Girl (2014), and the Netflix series Mindhunter.

Ranking his feature filmography in 2017, IndieWire explored why Fincher’s filmmaking earned him a reputation as “the next Kubrick.” Read more here.

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