After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

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David Fincher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Nicholas Van Orton
Sean Penn ... Conrad
Deborah Kara Unger ... Christine
James Rebhorn ... Jim Feingold
Peter Donat ... Samuel Sutherland
Carroll Baker ... Ilsa
Anna Katarina ... Elizabeth
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Anson Baer
Charles Martinet ... Nicholas' Father
Scott Hunter McGuire Scott Hunter McGuire ... Young Nicholas
Florentine Mocanu Florentine Mocanu ... Nicholas' Mother
Elizabeth Dennehy ... Maria
Caroline Barclay ... Maggie
Daniel Schorr ... Daniel Schorr
John Aprea ... Power Executive
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Storyline

Nicholas Van Orton is a very wealthy San Francisco banker, but he is an absolute loner, even spending his birthday alone. In the year of his 48th birthday (the age his father committed suicide) his brother Conrad, who has gone long ago and surrendered to addictions of all kinds, suddenly returns and gives Nicholas a card giving him entry to unusual entertainment provided by something called Consumer Recreation Services (CRS). Giving in to curiosity, Nicholas visits CRS and all kinds of weird and bad things start to happen to him. Written by Anonymous

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You don't play it, it plays you See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Conrad's use of the pseudonym Seymour Butts and Nicholas' response of, "'Under the Bleachers' by Seymour Butts", is a reference to the joke series "A Book Never Written" featured in Boys' Life (the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America). See more »

Goofs

At the airport, Nicholas gets ink on his shirt. When trying to clean it, it's a different shirt. See more »

Quotes

Conrad: This is for you.
Nicholas: You shouldn't have.
Conrad: What do you get for the man who has... everything?
Nicholas: [reading card] "Consumer Recreation Services." Well, I do have golf clubs.
Conrad: Call that number.
Nicholas: Why?
Conrad: Make your life... fun.
Nicholas: Fun.
Conrad: You know what that is... uh, you've seen other people have it.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits shatter in the form of jigsaw puzzle pieces in Reference to the Film's title. See more »

Connections

Referenced in God Friended Me: Pilot (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Going Out Of My Head
Written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein
Performed by Willie Bobo
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Wild Game...
8 August 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

Like 'A Christmas Carol' with the ghosts replaced by 'Interesting Events', enough to make the most self absorbed think again. Wholly unrealistic in its portrayal but intensely engaging with some boomerangs to navigate and some thoughtful reflections to ponder.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | German

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Game See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,337,029, 14 September 1997

Gross USA:

$48,323,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,423,648
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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