Film: House Of Games

Of course you gave me your trust ... that's what I do for a living!

House of Games is David Mamet's 1987 directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he wrote with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes David Mamet's then-wife Lindsay Crouse and Joe Mantegna. William H. Macy can be seen in a minor part.

A famous psychologist, Margaret Ford (Crouse), decides to try to help one of her patients get out of a gambling debt. She visits the bar where Mike (Mantegna), to whom the debt is owed, runs poker games. He convinces her to help him in a game: her assignment is to look for "tells", or give-away body language. What seems easy to her becomes much more complex.

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