What a pity that such a great story and a first class script together with a fabulous performance by Joe Mantegna is compromised by Lindsay Crouse sleepwalking instead of acting. This could have and should have been a 5 star movie.
Absolutely garbage. Poorly shot, poorly written and most importantly poorly acted. This is a TV movie, which I have no idea why it was adopted by the Criterion Collection, and it's a prime example of nepotism... Lindsay Crouse is horrible.
Great movie that would have been better with anyone other than Lindsay Crouse in the main role
why not cast people who can act instead?
Puffy coats and mom haircuts.
some lines from the poker game were sampled by saint etienne in their first album
You can't beat the Mamet.
The actors he casts aren't always up to his scripts. It happened in Spanish Prisoner and here, too. Lindsay Crouse is terrible.
I don't get this, why do people like this so much? The dialogue is shit, the story is bland and predictable, Mamet pulled a scam by making this piece of shit.
Not Mamet's finest moment as a director. The plot and dialogue are superb but the acting is flat. If you read Mamet's book, On Directing Film, you may know why