Dangerous Game (1993)




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Celebrated indie filmmaker Eddie Israel (Harvey Keitel) heads to California to shoot his latest movie, Mother of Mirrors, an examination of a marriage in which the wife pressures her husband to abandon their formerly mutual sex-and-drugs lifestyle and seek the same kind of religious conversion she has experienced. Leaving behind his own wife Madlyn (Nancy Ferrara) and his young son, Eddie explains the impetus of his latest project in a series of behind-the-scenes interviews. Meanwhile, Sarah Jennings (Madonna), a TV actress, has taken the wife role in Eddie's film, and her first item of business on the set is to sleep with Francis Burns (James Russo), who is set to play her husband. Things go sour between the two players and their conflicts spill onto the set, adding even more tension to a shoot in which Eddie alternately bullies and cajoles his actors to elicit more authentic performances. Perhaps Eddie manipulates Sarah onscreen because he's ashamed of having bedded his "very L.A." star just minutes before his wife and son arrived early for a weekend visit. Eddie soon finds the existential dilemmas of his film seeping into his own life, forcing him to question the compulsive adultery he practices. One of the first movies overseen by the film arm of Maverick, the record label and media company Madonna founded in the early '90s, Dangerous Game was produced by the singer's longtime manager, Freddy de Mann, alongside Mary E. Kane, who produced several earlier Ferrara efforts.
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Harvey Keitel
as Eddie Israel
as Sarah Jennings
James Russo
as Burns
Nancy Ferrara
as Madlyn
Victor Argo
as Director of Photography
Leonard Thomas
as Prop Guy
Heather Bracken
as Stewardess
Glenn Plummer
as Burns' Buddy
Lori Eastside
as Party Guest
John Snyder
as Party Guest
Adina Winston
as Party Guest
Julie Pop
as Morton's Waitress
Dylan Hundley
as Party Guest
Anthony Redman
as Swinger
Randy Sabusawa
as Producer
Randall Sabusawa
as Producer
Jesse Long
as Script Supervisor
Bill Pope
as Camera Operator
Richard Belzer
as Cameo appearance
Annie McEnroe
as Cameo appearance
Martin Schaer
as Camera Operator
Sammy Jack Pressman
as Cameo appearance
Niki Munroe
as Girl in Trailer
Juliette Hohnen
as Bar Patron
Lili Barsha
as Flight Attendant
Robyn B. Ashley
as Flight Attendant
Noga Isackson
as 1st AD
Mindy Eshelman
as Wardrobe
Linda Murphy
as Boom Operator
Marta Bukowski
as Video Tap Monitor
Jim Fitzgerald
as 1st Assistant Cameraman
Steven Albert
as Boxing Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Dangerous Game

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

One of [Ferrara's] most rewardingly challenging works.

Full Review… | May 19, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

...an uncommonly interminable experience.

Full Review… | February 22, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

This twisted little trainwreck is amazing for the fact that it was ever even made.

January 10, 2006

More dreadful than dangerous.

June 4, 2003

Dreary drivel from Madonna's "arty" phase

May 30, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

Had everything going for it, but then never really went anywhere.

July 25, 2002
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Dangerous Game


I understood the premise of this film (about a filmmaker trying to get more and more out of his actors while fighting his own personal demons) but the movie was too dark, both mentally and production-wise. Madonna actually puts together a halfway-decent performance, as does method-acting extraordinaire Keitel. Not the most interesting or watchable film I've ever seen.

Derek Daniels
Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

A different type of film, it just didn't pull me in like I expected.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

That's right! I like this film. Very much in fact. Hot on the heels on Ferrara's finest film, Bad Lieutenant, comes what is probably his most challenging one...and most bizarre. A lot of folks who thought Ferrara was on his way up after BL were put in their place by this uncompromising flick that leaves the viewer scratching their noggin. Still, whether you understand it or not (I don't remember it all too well, it's been years since I've seen it) it's entertaining and has all the elements I love in a Ferrara flick.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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