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The Deadly Game

The Deadly Game

Marshall Brickman (1986)

112min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
That superb character actor John Lithgow is here given the chance to get his teeth into a decent leading role in co-writer/director Marshall Brickman's wry drama, which is better known as The Manhattan Project. Lithgow is entirely persuasive as the nuclear physicist slowly emerging from the protective cocoon of his intellect and beginning to understand the ramifications of his work when his girlfriend's teenage son enters a home-made bomb for a science fair. The moral is rather hammered home in the later stages, but there is plenty of clever chat and an ingeniously comic heist to prevent the weighty topic from becoming too heavy.

Cast & Crew

John Mathewson John Lithgow
Paul Stephens Christopher Collet
Jenny Anderman Cynthia Nixon
Elizabeth Stephens Jill Eikenberry
Lt Col Conroy John Mahoney
Night guard Sully Boyar
Relief guard Timothy Carhart
Science professor Gregg Edelman
Eccles John David Cullum
Roland Abe Unger
Max Robert Leonard
Director Marshall Brickman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Pathe Pictures Ltd Guidance: Contains swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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