Mamet Monday: ‘House of Games’ (1987) is a meticulously crafted dive into the world of con men (Movie review)

In our Mamet Monday series, we’re looking at the catalog of filmmaker David Mamet.

“House of Games” was Roger Ebert’s No. 1 movie of 1987 and is one of my pal Michael Olinger’s top three movies of all time, and I can see why. Written and directed by David Mamet with Jonathan Katz assisting on the story, this movie about confidence men is as meticulously crafted as one of their long cons. As I thought afterward about how specific plot points held up, I found they did, without exception. “House of Games” was clearly not rushed into production.

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