A young couple who are into kinky "mind games" get more than they bargained for when a mysterious woman comes into their lives.

Director:

Curtis Harrington

Writers:

Gene R. Kearney (screenplay) (as Gene Kearney), Curtis Harrington (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simone Signoret ... Lisa Schindler
James Caan ... Paul Montgomery
Katharine Ross ... Jennifer Montgomery
Don Stroud ... Norman
Kent Smith ... Harry Gordon
Estelle Winwood ... Miss Beattie
Marjorie Bennett ... Nora
Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Edwards
Anthony Eustrel ... Winthrop
Eloise Hardt Eloise Hardt ... Celia
George Furth ... Terry
Peter Brocco ... Count
William O'Connell ... Party Guest
Ena Hartman Ena Hartman ... Party Guest
Joanne Medley Joanne Medley ... Party Guest
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Storyline

A young hip New York couple, Jennifer and Paul Montgomery, love to play games. Jennifer is a wealthy heiress and inherited their New York brownstone from her mother. Paul, for his part, likes to spend her money and indulges his interests in modern art. They hold frequent parties and play their games. Into their lives appears Lisa Schindler, a door-to-door saleswoman. They decide to play one of their practical jokes on the grocery delivery man, Norman, where a supposedly jealous Paul accuses him of making advances to Jennifer. He shoots him twice - with blanks - and everyone has a laugh, but the third shot kills him. In the days following his death, Jennifer begins to hear noises in the house and seeing shadowy figures at the end of dark hallways. Is it all a game? Written by garykmcd

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Passion wears a mask of terror in this strangest of all games! See more »

Genres:

Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Originally budgeted at $1M, director Curtis Harrington brought the film's negative cost in at $450,000. See more »

Goofs

When Jennifer Montgomery Katharine Ross is traveling up in the lift with the candle stick, a spot can be seen to be being used to simulate light thrown by the candles. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Schindler: They're my tarot cards. A link between the future and the past. They never lie. Sometimes I wish they would.
Jennifer Montgomery: What is that?
Lisa Schindler: Young lovers.
Jennifer Montgomery: And this one?
Lisa Schindler: Junon. The high priestess. It's not a very gay card.
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Connections

Featured in House of Harrington (2008) See more »

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London Bridge Is Falling Down
(uncredited)(Traditional nursery rhyme)
[The tune is heard being whistled immediately before and after Jennifer rides the elevator]
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See It - You'll Like It!
18 September 1998 | by Joe-128See all my reviews

A clever, well-acted thriller with enough plot twists to leave you reeling, and an ending you will not believe. From a dull beginning to an exhaustingly clever ending, it will hold you spellbound, confused, engrossed and tense. Should be re-released, but not re-made.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1967 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Games See more »

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Budget:

$450,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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