I had been itching to watch David Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner again but House of Games more than fulfilled my Mamet fix for a few months. Mamet is one of those filmmakers whose dialogue plays like music to my ears. House of Games is no different as each scene feels like an advanced lesson in screenwriting. Mamet takes his time to detail how each con is constructed all the while constructing a bigger con unbeknownst to the viewer. Lindsay Crouse gives a solid performance in the film. It is easy to see why her character, Dr. Margaret Ford, would be swayed by Joe Mantegna’s con artist Mike. If you enjoy films about con artist, or the confidence game in general, then House of Games should be up your alley.
House of Games is part of our "The Must See List" series. The film was recommended by Colin.
It is amazing how many times I have seen the “I could have been a contender” scene but never actually got around to seeing the entire film. There is not much to add to heaps of the praise that the film has already received. While Marlon Brando won the Academy Award for best Actor, the highlight of the film for me was Karl Malden’s Father Barry. Malden allows Barry to be the voice of reason in the film without becoming overly preachy. Although the film is exceptional from beginning to end, the last act in particular really resonated with me. It was great to see Terry finally become a man and stand up for what was right despite the consequences. On the Waterfront is a classic film that still feels relevant even in this age.
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