House of Games

Air Date: March 28, 2009

House of Games

House of Games


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.

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    Enjoy Sat nite at the movies.

  • Mike

    Great movie, it just goes to show you how screw up psychiatrist truly are.

  • Charlie

    I think there has got to be more to the film than the con operation with the sting on the psychologist. Margaret’s a thief and ends-up a murder. Isn’t the murder more than revenge? Didn’t she kill the con for the experience of killing someone, as if she has a check list of felonies she hopes to commit?

    If the “sting” is the entire film – than House of Games in just another movie not unlike the hit movie The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

  • Bill Wells

    Is Dr. Ford a psychiatrist or a psychologist? The various movie-related sites on the internet that I visit differ in this respect.