House of Games

  • Directed by David Mamet
  • United States, 1987, 102 mins.

Having won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Glengarry Glen Ross, Mamet turned his attention to the silver screen with this no-nonsense, elemental peek into the world of con men—centered around card games specifically—for which he wrote the screenplay and directed. Margaret (Lindsay Crouse) is a successful psychiatrist who becomes drawn into this shady yet tantalizing world after one of her patients confesses that he’s deep in debt and in trouble, beholden to Mike (Joe Mantegna), a hustler at the House of Games. As Margaret’s curiosity about Mike’s world gets the better of her, she sets off down a path that may be irreversible. “A welcome throwback to the primacy of character and careful story construction, at a time when narrative intricacy was in short supply on American movie screens.”—Kent Jones.

Genres: Drama