The Game

The Game

David Fincher (1997)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Michael Douglas is perfectly cast as the increasingly desperate pawn in this visually stylish thriller from Se7en director David Fincher, which successfully cranks up the suspense and continually questions what's real and what isn't. When hard-nosed businessman Douglas is given the ultimate birthday present by his brother Sean Penn - the chance to play an all-encompassing "reality game" that promises life-changing consequences - he gets swept into what he perceives as a paranoid conspiracy. Sadly, what starts off as a fascinating tale soon becomes glossy and trivial.


A selfish investment banker is given an unusual birthday present by his free-spirited younger brother. He is enrolled in a mysterious game, the nature of which is never revealed - and as he tries to fathom the rules, his life rapidly begins to unravel in explosive fashion. David Fincher's thriller, starring Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger and Peter Donat.

Cast & Crew

Nicholas Van Orton Michael Douglas (1)
Conrad Van Orton Sean Penn
Christine Deborah Kara Unger
Jim Feingold James Rebhorn
Samuel Sutherland Peter Donat
Ilsa Carroll Baker
Elizabeth Anna Katarina
Anson Baer Armin Mueller-Stahl
Ankles Harris Savides
Shady private investigator Mark Boone Junior
Lieutenant Sullivan Jack Kehoe
Christine's roomate, Amy Linda Manz
Airbag EMT Beltran Spike Jonze
Airbag EMT Galliano Michael Massee
Director David Fincher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: British Film Institute LtdGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray