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Reindeer Games (1999)

Ben Affleck , Gary Sinise , John Frankenheimer  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, Charlize Theron, James Frain, Dana Stubblefield
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Writers: Ehren Kruger
  • Producers: Andrew Rona, Bob Weinstein, Cary Granat, Casey Grant, Chris Moore
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Enter
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2002
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX47
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reindeer Games" on IMDb

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After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan and his cellmate Nick 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, Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family. When Nick is killed during a prison riot, Rudy decides to assume Nick's identity and meet up with the unknown woman. Burdened with knowledge of Nick's Indian casino employment past, Rudy finds himself in too deep with Ashley's brother Gabriel and is forced to cooperate with a casino robbery that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick in mind.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Ben's Mild Ride June 5, 2002
Format:DVD
After trashing "Pearl Harbor" last year and "The Sum of All Fears" this year, I felt the pangs of guilt telling me I was picking on local boy Ben Affleck. Therefore, to appease my conscience, I decided to review a Ben Affleck film I enjoy - John Frankenheimer's "Reindeer Games".

"Reindeer Games" is just about the most unremarkable, low-stakes thriller you could ever expect to see, featuring all the obvious twists, all the obvious turns, and set in locations and in pursuit of prizes that do not exactly get the viewer buzzing with excitement. What makes the film work, in its own modest way, are the director and the cast.

Frankenheimer is covering old territory here, but it is like watching a veteran baseball player at the plate or in the field - you've seen it a thousand times before but it is still fun to watch. Frankenheimer knows how to edit his films just right, and he always gets a kinky, dark edge out of all his scripts. "Reindeer Games" is no exception, and one of the DVD bonus features regarding differences between the film and this director's cut really lays out why Frankenheimer should be allowed to present the material as he sees fit. The film has just enough jarring moments that, even though you've seen the typical twists and betrayals before, Frankenheimer keeps it compelling and interesting.

The cast, too, rises above the pedestrian heist plot, tackling the film enthusiastically. The movie does not ask them to do too much, so they have fun with what they have. Ben Affleck goes into smartmouth mode, familiar territory, but puts it to amusing use as a criminal roped into doing a job he wants no part of.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One extremely thrilling and suspenseful ride August 12, 2000
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Format:DVD
I didn't think Reindeer Games was anywhere near as mediocre as the critics thought it was. As a matter of fact, I loved the film, and it's certainly much better than that other much overrated plot twisting thriller Wild Things (a mostly suspenseless which might hold some sort of cinematic record for most plot twists ever).
The film is about a car thief named Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck). His best friend, Nick, who has a pen pal named he plans on meeting after he's released-which is also the same day Rudy will be let out-is killed during a food fight. Rudy, in a very tough decision, decides to pretend he's Nick and meets the beautiful Ashley, Nick's pen pal. At first, everything seems to be going right for him for the first time, until Ashley's brother Gabriel arrives and demands Rudy, whom he thinks is Nick, to help him and his band of cronies rob a casino since Nick used to work as a security guard there. Now, Rudy has to try to pretend he's Nick and convince Gabriel he knows how to get in the casino.
Reindeer Games is an exhilarating thriller, with plenty of action and humor. There are some exciting moments and the film is very suspenseful. Affleck's initial guise as Nick is quite funny, along with the moments thoughout the film that he has to convince Sinise he's who he says he is, be that Rudy Duncan or Nick Cassidy.
The film features Ben Affleck in a great performance as the hero who we all root for. Gary Sinise chews the scenery as the villain and makes up for the travesty that was Snake Eyes though he still has to do another work to atone for Mission to Mars (he should have also had the lieutenant Dan look in Mission, at least that would have solidified that film's camp value, but no, the Lt. Dan look had to go to Don Cheadle).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video and Audio Quality March 18, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Please describe the audio and video quality of any Blu-Ray you review. Thanks to those who do this.

I am reviewing the Director's Cut Blu-Ray version released on 03/06/12. I noticed no difference in the movie with this Director's Cut compared to the version I recently saw on satellite TV. The aspect ratio is 2.35:1, not 1.85:1. Sound is DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, which is really great (lot's of surround sound and sub-woofer bass). Video quality is outstanding.

I think this is a good movie, and a very good Blu-Ray purchase (especially at this price).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly plot and bad acting but yet mildly entertaining January 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This supposed thriller, released in 2000, has a few good moments. One is the way that its stars Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron couple soon after they first meet. Ben Affleck just been released from prison, you see. And she's there to meet him. She's been writing letters to his cellmate, Nick, who has just been knifed. Ben Affleck tells her he's Nick. Then things get complicated. Very complicated.
Gary Sinise enters the scene as the bad guy. And there's a bunch of bad-guy thugs backing him up. They want to force Ben Affleck to help them commit a crime. It gets more and more complicated. Eventually there are five criminals all dressed up like Santa Claus with the intention of robbing a casino.
The plot moved swiftly. It wasn't hard to follow. Especially since the characters all took turns holding a gun to Ben Affleck's head and explaining how our supposed hero was set-up yet again. Then, the plot would deepen. And deepen. There were a few violent scenes and some bloodshed. And then even more explanations.
I kept watching Ben Affleck's facial expressions, which never seemed to change no matter what happened to him. Charlize
Theron is pretty and never missed a chance to show off her body but her acting ability is on a par with Affleck's. Gary Sinise was better; he's a good actor and this part called for overacting. And so what we got was a villain who was just too bad to be true.
This sounds like a comedy. Right?
Wrong. It was supposed to be serious. Give me a break!
I did find it mildly entertaining however.
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Published 16 days ago by EMLukens
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ben Affleck and Gary Senise stuff. For adults only.
If you like murder and suspense stuff, and you're a Ben Affleck and Gary Senise fan, this one's for you.
Published 1 month ago by BookLuvr
5.0 out of 5 stars great product.
Item delivered on time, was as described, great product.
Published 1 month ago by G. Donovan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I thought this was a fairly good movie. I love all the actors
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Riddle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank You!!++++++++++
Published 3 months ago by oleh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
classic!
Published 3 months ago by Dan Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars Ben's Best
Love the movie it has Clarence William III Can you say Mod Squad?
Published 3 months ago by Bnate5
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE this movie, and can not believe it got here so fast! EXCELLENT packaging...EVERYTHING about this was absolutely PERFECT!
Published 3 months ago by Alfred Arment
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for husband's bd
He has been looking for this movie.
He loved it! Has shared it with friends.
Enjoyed it very much.. Great service
Published 5 months ago by Roberta Brounty
3.0 out of 5 stars A cheesy turn your brain off kind of movie
Reindeer Games is not the worst movie ever, but it is not an award winner either. It is somewhat formulaic plot wise, including the various twists throughout regarding where the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike S.
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