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Games (1967)

Games (1967)

Games

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In this psychological thriller, two wealthy Manhattan art-collectors grow bored with their decadent lifestyle until an eccentric immigrant woman shows up at their apartment selling makeup. Seeing an opportunity for some new fun, they invite her in and ask her, a natural psychic, to give them instructions for new games.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Gene Kearney, Curtis Harrington, George Edwards
On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
Runtime:
Universal

Cast

Simone Signoret
as Lisa Schindler
James Caan
as Paul Montgomery
Katharine Ross
as Jennifer Montgomery
Don Stroud
as Norman
Estelle Winwood
as Miss Beattie
Ian Wolfe
as Dr. Edwards
Pitt Herbert
as Pharmacist
Stuart Nisbet
as Detective
Kendrick Huxham
as Bookseller
William O'Connell
as Party Guest
Ena Hartman
as Party Guest
Joanne Medley
as Party Guest
Jeff Scott
as Party Guest
Eddra Gale
as Party Guest
Rachel Rosenthal
as Party Guest
Luana Anders
as Party Guest
Robert S. Aiken
as Party Guest
Max Lewin
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Games

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Shot on the Universal Pictures lot, this has the staid, well-lit look of the studio's voluminous TV product.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a whodunit, a cheap variation on Les Diaboliques, that never becomes as interesting as it should have been, yet is entertaining without being particularly challenging.

Full Review… | July 20, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 26, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Games

½

Odd, creepy film with a feeling of ambivalence towards all the characters. Somewhat predictiable towards the end but Simone Signoret is always worth watching and Caan and Katharine Ross, just before The Graduate, also turn in good work.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Despite its age, this mystery/thriller holds up pretty well, though the main plot twist becomes obvious a bit too early.

GabrielKnight
Gabriel Knight

Highly recomendable for those liking the Twilight Zone quality. Quite well done suspense thriller about a married couple that likes to host parties centering around American games, pinball, our culture games in particular. However, a travelling French saleslady acted by a now middle aged Simone Signoret gives them games they weren't prepared for.

Essentially, however, "Games" is a whodunit, or, more properly, a who-is-doing-what-and-to-whom? It concerns Paul and Jennifer, who are rich, young and beautiful, and who have been married three years.

This one is good from the start, as we see our newly weds hosting a party for their associates and friends. At first it appears set in the early 1900's, but thats just peculiar to the starting scene. The setting is in the 1960's.

As time goes on, our mysterious saleslady Lisa Shindler (like Shindler's List maybe? No, not really).... plus a thunder filled soundtrack.... gives us an idea of what's in store for us and the young couple. This film has a Twilight Zone feel to it. Indeed, in reality our director worked on an episode of the TV's Twilight Zone.

Lisa becomes involved in the everyday lives of our games orientated couple. The "games" get more adventurous with visitors to their apartment getting the full treatment.


You can view this on Youtube.com with a search of "games movie 1967". The movie is presented in 7 installments. I encourage everyone to see it out if they can conveniently do so.


Stars James Caan (Godfather), Katherin Ross (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Simone Signoret as the mysterious saleslady.

One person among others on youtube commented:
"I can't believe this movie is actually available. I watched this when I was in middle school late at night and loved it. I have been looking for it ever since. Thank you YouTube."
-----nogod65 4 months ago




This is a "killer" right to the end. And you won't suspect a thing.





Director: Curtis Harrington*

CAST
Simone Signoret ... Lisa Schindler

James Caan ... as Paul Montgomery

Katharine Ross ... as Jennifer Montgomery
Don Stroud ... as Norman
Kent Smith ... as Harry Gordon
Estelle Winwood ... as Miss Beattie
Marjorie Bennett ... Nora
Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Edwards
Anthony Eustrel ... Winthrop
Eloise Hardt ... Celia
George Furth ... Terry, Party Guest



NOTES:

* About the Director:
Director Curtis Harrington was an excellent and shamefully underrated writer and director who specialized in marvelously offbeat and atmospheric low-budget independent horror pictures.

Pictures include the nifty sci-fi/horror "Alien" precursor "Queen of Blood," the delightfully campy Shelley Winters vehicles "Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?" and "What's the Matter With Helen?" (the latter was Harrington's personal favorite amongst all the movies he made), the perverse "The Killing Kind," and the immensely fun "Ruby."

Personal Quotes:
[on his approach to directing horror films] "When it comes to fear, I usually go by instinct. I know what will affect me, but I don't have a formula. I avoid the cheap effect -- adding a loud noise to the soundtrack that startles the audience, for example. I still think the Val Lewton approach is the best one, and that is the power of suggestion. What you don't see is more unsettling than what you do see."



AWARDS:

BAFTA Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1969 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Actress
Simone Signoret

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