Dangerous Game (1993)

R | 108 mins | Drama | 19 November 1993

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HISTORY

The film is intercut with documentary-style footage in which the characters speak about their experiences making the motion picture, Mother of Mirrors.
       On 30 Oct 1992, Screen International announced that Bad Lieutenant (1992, see entry) director Abel Ferrara, producer Edward R. Pressman, and star Harvey Keitel were set to reunite for Snake Eyes. While Pressman was ultimately not involved, his fellow Bad Lieutenant producer Mary Kane produced the project through Madonna’s new company, Maverick Picture Co. The 1 Dec 1992 Film Journal estimated a $10 million budget, which a 14 Dec 1992 Var article stated was to be financed by the Italian distributor, the Cecchi Gori Group. Although contemporary sources suggested that PentAmerica PicturesSilvio Berlusconi also contributed to the costs of production, a 2 Apr 1993 LAT news item reported that Berlusconi intended to gradually cut ties with the struggling company, which would continue to operate under its co-founders, Vittorio and Mario Cecchi Gori. The Los Angeles, CA-based office was only involved with Snake Eyes “on behalf of Vittorio.”
       The 8 Feb 1993 DV announced that principal photography began that day, with shooting scheduled to take place in New York City and Los Angeles. Screen International claimed that Keitel directed the “film within a film” scenes of Mother of Mirrors, but he does not receive onscreen credit in that role.
       A 27 Sep 1993 Var review indicated that the film premiered 9 Sep 1993 at the Venice Film Festival.
       According to the 1 Jan 1994 Box, two “controversial” ... More Less

The film is intercut with documentary-style footage in which the characters speak about their experiences making the motion picture, Mother of Mirrors.
       On 30 Oct 1992, Screen International announced that Bad Lieutenant (1992, see entry) director Abel Ferrara, producer Edward R. Pressman, and star Harvey Keitel were set to reunite for Snake Eyes. While Pressman was ultimately not involved, his fellow Bad Lieutenant producer Mary Kane produced the project through Madonna’s new company, Maverick Picture Co. The 1 Dec 1992 Film Journal estimated a $10 million budget, which a 14 Dec 1992 Var article stated was to be financed by the Italian distributor, the Cecchi Gori Group. Although contemporary sources suggested that PentAmerica PicturesSilvio Berlusconi also contributed to the costs of production, a 2 Apr 1993 LAT news item reported that Berlusconi intended to gradually cut ties with the struggling company, which would continue to operate under its co-founders, Vittorio and Mario Cecchi Gori. The Los Angeles, CA-based office was only involved with Snake Eyes “on behalf of Vittorio.”
       The 8 Feb 1993 DV announced that principal photography began that day, with shooting scheduled to take place in New York City and Los Angeles. Screen International claimed that Keitel directed the “film within a film” scenes of Mother of Mirrors, but he does not receive onscreen credit in that role.
       A 27 Sep 1993 Var review indicated that the film premiered 9 Sep 1993 at the Venice Film Festival.
       According to the 1 Jan 1994 Box, two “controversial” scenes were edited out to avoid an NC-17 rating. The 27 Sep 1993 Var indicated that another sequence, set at the premiere of Mother of Mirrors, was described in the Venice Film Festival program but had been removed before the picture’s theatrical debut.
       Snake Eyes was retitled Dangerous Game prior to domestic release. A 6 Dec 1993 Var box-office chart reported that the film earned $17,195 during its first week at one New York City theater.
       Despite largely negative reviews, several critics praised Madonna’s performance.
       End credits state: “Thanks to: Coach Leather Goods; Mountain Valley Spring Water; M & B Window Fashions; Annick Goutal; Chanel; Carry-On/Gary Levy; Cannondale; All Payments Services, Inc.”; “Special Thanks to: ‘Comme Des Garcons’”; “Film Clips from The Cutting Edge courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.”; “Boxing footage courtesy of Forum Boxing, Inc.”; and, “Burden of Dreams sequence featuring Werner Herzog, A film by Les Blank with Maureen Gosling, courtesy of Flower Films.”
       Although not included in onscreen music credits, Harvey Keitel's character sings lines from the song, "Taxi," written by Harry F. Chapin. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Jan 1994
p. 6.
Daily Variety
8 Feb 1993.
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Film Journal
1 Dec 1992
p. 61.
Los Angeles Times
2 Apr 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
18 Mar 1994
Calendar, p. 10.
New York Times
19 Nov 1993
p. 14.
Screen International
30 Oct 1992
p. 6.
Variety
14 Dec 1992
p. 31, 33.
Variety
27 Sep 1993
p. 41.
Variety
6 Dec 1993
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Mario & Vittorio Cecchi Gori Present
A Maverick Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
B cam op
B cam 1st asst
B cam 1st asst
Cam loader
Still photog
Betacam op
Video playback
Video playback
Best boy elec
Key grip
Dolly grip
Best boy grip
Cam intern
Cam intern
Steadicam op, NY crew
Cam op, NY crew
B cam op, NY crew
1st asst B cam, NY crew
2d asst cam, NY crew
Addl 2d asst cam, NY crew
Elec, NY crew
Grip, NY crew
Video playback, NY crew
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Storyboard artist
Art dir, NY crew
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
Film ed intern
Negative cutter
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Driver/Set dresser
Swing gang
Prop master
Asst prop master
Draftsman
Const coord
Set carpenter/Greensman
Set dec, NY crew
Leadman, NY crew
Set dresser, NY crew
Set dresser, NY crew
Standby set dresser, NY crew
Prop master, NY crew
Prop asst, NY crew
Prop asst, NY crew
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Asst cost des
Ward supv
On set ward supv
Madonna's costumer
Costumer
Ward supv, NY crew
Asst ward supv, NY crew
MUSIC
Mus
Mus ed
Mus eng
Mus rec at
New York City
SOUND
Sd des
Sd mixer
Boom op
Dial ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
ADR ed
Asst sd ed
Asst ADR ed
Sd intern
Apprentice sd ed
2d boom op, NY crew
Sd facilities
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Madonna's hair & makeup consultant
Makeup artist
Hairdresser
Makeup intern
Makeup, NY crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Extras casting
Loc asst
Scr supv
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Utility driver
Utility driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Product placement
Caterer, The Arrangement
Craft service
Welfare worker
Key set PA/Paramedic
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Accounting asst
Loc prod asst
Prod asst
Freddy DeMann's asst
Freddy DeMann's asst
Abel Ferrara's asst
Harvey Keitel's asst
Madonna's asst
James Russo's asst
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Prod intern
Casting intern
Casting intern
Casting intern
Casting intern
Prod coord, NY crew
Asst coord, NY crew
Asst accountant, NY crew
Loc mgr, NY crew
Loc asst, NY crew
Extras casting, NY crew
Key set prod asst, NY crew
Office prod asst, NY crew
Office prod asst, NY crew
Prod asst, NY crew
Prod asst, NY crew
Transportation capt, NY crew
Driver, NY crew
Driver, NY crew
Driver, NY crew
Driver, NY crew
Driver, NY crew
Driver, NY crew
Parking, NY crew
aka Prince Jackson
Parking, NY crew
Craft service, NY crew
Welfare worker, NY crew
Welfare worker, NY crew
Completion bond
STAND INS
Harvey Keitel's stand-in
Madonna's stand-in
James Russo's stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Blue Moon," by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog Inc., music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
"G Minor Sonata By G.F. Handel Op. 2 No. 8," arranged and performed by Joe Delia featuring Marti Sweet, violin, and Harold Coletta, viola, music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
"Childhood Hollywood," written and performed by Joe Delia, music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
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SONGS
"Blue Moon," by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, used by permission of EMI Robbins Catalog Inc., music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
"G Minor Sonata By G.F. Handel Op. 2 No. 8," arranged and performed by Joe Delia featuring Marti Sweet, violin, and Harold Coletta, viola, music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
"Childhood Hollywood," written and performed by Joe Delia, music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
"Come On Out Baby," written by Nicholas St. John and Joe Delia, vocal by Nicholas St. John, music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
"Mo' Blues," written and performed by Joe Delia, music engineered by Peter Fish and Troy Kreuger, music recorded at National Sound, New York City
"Blue Moon," performed by Bob Dylan, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
"Pass The Funk," performed by Schoolly D and Cappucino, music by Preston Crump, lyrics by Wilton S. Parkside, produced by Allen Richardson for the Legacy Entertainment Group, Ltd., Schoolly D appears courtesy of Ruffhouse/Sony Records
"How A Black Man Feels," performed by Schoolly D, courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from CEMA Special Markets
"Original Gangster," performed by Schoolly D, courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from CEMA Special Markets
"The Joker E Double," written by The Sandman and Danny Saber, performed by Proper Grounds, courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
"UNV Thang," written by J. Penn II, S. Powe, J. Powe, and D. Peete, performed by UNV, courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
"The 7th House On The Bank," written by The Sandman and Danny Saber, performed by Proper Grounds, courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
"King Kong Salsa," written by Coati Mundi-Hernandez, courtesy of Coati Mundi Music.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Snake Eyes
Release Date:
19 November 1993
Premiere Information:
Venice Film Festival premiere: 9 September 1993
New York opening: 19 November 1993
Los Angeles opening: 18 March 1994
Production Date:
began 8 February 1993
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
gauge
1.85:1
Lenses
Filmed with Panavision® Cameras & Lenses
Duration(in mins):
108
MPAA Rating:
R
Countries:
Italy, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
32614
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a farewell dinner with his family in New York City, motion picture director Eddie Israel travels to Hollywood, California, to rehearse with actors Sarah Jennings and Francis “Frank” Burns on Mother of Mirrors, a film depicting the tumultuous marriage between a once successful breadwinner named “Russell,” and his newly religious wife, “Claire,” who begins to reject their heavy drug habits and unconventional sex life. As tension mounts between the characters onscreen, Eddie begins an affair with Sarah and encourages Frank to use his struggle with drug addiction to better immerse himself in the role. While filming a difficult rape scene, Sarah reveals that Frank used his Method acting approach to justify an attempted assault offscreen. One day, Eddie’s adoring wife, Madlyn, unexpectedly arrives on location with their young son, Tommy. Madlyn quickly notices that Eddie is distracted, but is forced to return home when her father dies of a heart attack. Eddie remains in Los Angeles to complete a scene, using increasingly abusive methods to push Sarah into delivering a strong performance. Afterward, he catches a redeye flight in time to attend his father-in-law’s funeral. In New York, he confesses to a long-time string of infidelities, and Madlyn scorns him for the poor example he has set for their son. Distraught, Eddie returns to Los Angeles and overdoses on drugs and alcohol. Meanwhile, Frank becomes consumed by his character’s rage and drunkenly shoots Sarah in the head. ... +


After a farewell dinner with his family in New York City, motion picture director Eddie Israel travels to Hollywood, California, to rehearse with actors Sarah Jennings and Francis “Frank” Burns on Mother of Mirrors, a film depicting the tumultuous marriage between a once successful breadwinner named “Russell,” and his newly religious wife, “Claire,” who begins to reject their heavy drug habits and unconventional sex life. As tension mounts between the characters onscreen, Eddie begins an affair with Sarah and encourages Frank to use his struggle with drug addiction to better immerse himself in the role. While filming a difficult rape scene, Sarah reveals that Frank used his Method acting approach to justify an attempted assault offscreen. One day, Eddie’s adoring wife, Madlyn, unexpectedly arrives on location with their young son, Tommy. Madlyn quickly notices that Eddie is distracted, but is forced to return home when her father dies of a heart attack. Eddie remains in Los Angeles to complete a scene, using increasingly abusive methods to push Sarah into delivering a strong performance. Afterward, he catches a redeye flight in time to attend his father-in-law’s funeral. In New York, he confesses to a long-time string of infidelities, and Madlyn scorns him for the poor example he has set for their son. Distraught, Eddie returns to Los Angeles and overdoses on drugs and alcohol. Meanwhile, Frank becomes consumed by his character’s rage and drunkenly shoots Sarah in the head. +

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