House of Games
Air Date: March 28, 2009
Famous psychologist Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) decides to help one of her patients out of a gambling debt. Margaret finds the person to whom the money is owed: slick-talking Mike (Joe Mantegna, a longtime Mamet friend from their Chicago theatre days). Mike persuades Margaret to help him look for “tells,” or telltale body language, in a poker game he’s running. She falls for the con – and for Mike, becoming more deeply involved in his world than either imagined. Screenwriter David Mamet (who was married to Crouse at the time) made his directorial debut in this psychological thriller.
Directed by: David Mamet
David Mamet’s works are known for their clever, terse, sometimes vulgar dialogue and arcane stylized phrasing, as well as for his exploration of masculinity. He received Tony Award nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross (1984) and Speed-the-Plow (1988), and Oscar nominations for his screenplays for The Verdict (1982) and Wag the Dog (1997). Mamet wrote the screenplay for House of Games, but was only tapped to direct after Peter Yates (Bullitt, Breaking Away, The Dresser) left the project. House of Games is Mamet’s feature-film directorial debut.