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Reindeer Games (Deception) (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite a decent cast, subpar acting and a contrived plot disappointed reviewers.

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A burglar looking to make time with a beautiful woman after five years in prison falls into a dangerous trap in this action drama. Rudy (Ben Affleck) is serving time in prison for auto theft, where he becomes friendly with his cellmate Nick (James Frain). Nick has been enjoying a spicy courtship by mail with a woman named Ashley (Charlize Theron), who has sent him several enticing photos, even though he has been unable to send her any of himself. Rudy and Nick are to be released the same day, but Nick is killed in an altercation with only three days left to serve. Rudy is let out on schedule, and discovers Ashley, unaware that Nick is dead, is waiting for him. Swayed by her beauty, Rudy claims to be Nick, which turn out to be fun until Rudy meets Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Gabriel runs with a group of outlaws planning on using Nick's knowledge of an Indian gambling casino in Michigan where he once worked in order to stage a massive robbery on Christmas Eve. Rudy soon realizes if keeps on being Nick, he gets to stay with Ashley, but he'll also have to go along with Gabriel's robbery, which could easily land him back in prison -- or get him killed. Clarence Williams III, Danny Trejo and Donal Logue play Gabriel's henchmen; Dennis Farina, Isaac Hayes, and Ashton Kutcher also highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong violence, language, and sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 8, 2000
Dimension Films - Official Site


Ben Affleck
as Rudy Duncan
Gary Sinise
as Gabriel
Dennis Farina
as Jack Bangs
Ashton Kutcher
as College Kid
Mark Acheson
as Mean Guard
Tom Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
Thomas Heaton
as Ugly Staffer
Michael Sunczyk
as Distant Inmate No. 1
Douglas H. Arthurs
as Distant Inmate No. 2
Dean Wray
as Guard No. 1
Robin Driscoll
as Desk Clerk
Ron Sauve
as Guard No. 2
Ron Jeremy
as Prisoner No. 1
Hrothgar Mathews
as Exit Guard
Gordon Tootoosis
as Old Governor
Ron Hyatt
as Prisoner #1
Lee Jay Bamberry
as Young Governor
Frank Jones
as Security Boss
Jimmy Herman
as Bartender
Ana Paul Piedade
as Portuguese Woman
John Destrey
as Fat Guy
Enuka Okuma
as Cocktail Waitress No...
Eva De Viveiros
as Cocktail Waitress No...
Joanna Piros
as TV Newscaster
Robyn Driscoll
as Desk Clerk
Lonny Chapman
as Old Timer
Alonso Oyarzun
as Casino Dealer
Rod Wolfe
as Cashier No. 1
Marcus Hondro
as Cashier No. 2
Sam Bob
as Video Guard
Jacob Rupp
as Park Ranger No. 1
David Jacox
as Park Ranger No. 2
Anna Hagan
as Mother
Paula Shaw
as Aunt Lisbeth
Don S. Williams
as Uncle Ray
Michael Sunczk
as Distant Inmate #1
Wendy Noel
as Stacey
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Critic Reviews for Reindeer Games (Deception)

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (30)

Watchable but sometimes quite ludicrous.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Reindeer Games is basically a test of your ability to accept a slushpile of implausible twisteroos and Tarantino-style conceits.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

About as appealing as leftover Christmas fruitcake.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Gets lost in a blizzard of cliches and uneven performances.

January 1, 2000
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Kruger makes Reindeer Games fun and Frankenheimer gives it class, clarity, and energy.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Os personagens de Jogo Duro se dividem em dois tipos: os unidimensionais e os incoerentes.

May 31, 2002
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Reindeer Games (Deception)


The trap is set. The game is on.

Good movie. This film was entertaining and had a real good story with a very great ending I must say. Really good cast to go along a very good movie is priceless.

After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) and his cellmate Nick (James Frain) are finally going to be paroled. After hearing endless stories during his incarceration of Nick's romantic correspondence to a woman named Ashley he has never met (Charlize Theron), Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick's identity upon release from prison and meet up with the unknown woman. Burdened with a base knowledge of Nick's Indian casino employment past, Rudy finds himself in too deep with Ashley's brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise) and is violently forced to cooperate with a casino robbery that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick in mind.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

it was entertaining. B

Richard C

Super Reviewer


i really liked this film its amusing and is action packed and not a bad storyline so i really enjoyed it!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Reindeer Games (Deception) Quotes

Jumpy: It says here the retail industry does 50% of its business between December 1st and December 25th. That's half a year's business in one month's time. It seems to me, an intelligent country would legislate a second such gift giving holiday. Create, say, a Christmas 2, late May, early June, to further stimulate growth.
– Submitted by Mae M (8 months ago)

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