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Reindeer Games (Exclusive Director's Cut) (2000)

Ben Affleck , Gary Sinise , John Frankenheimer  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 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, Director's Cut, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2001
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059HBA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,741 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reindeer Games (Exclusive Director's Cut)" on IMDb

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Sizzling hot Ben Affleck (PEARL HARBOR) and Charlize Theron (THE CIDER HOUES RULES) team up with Gary Sinise (MISSION TO MARS) in this action-packed story of high-stakes crime and deception. Upon release from a stint in prison, Rudy (Affleck) impulsively decides to pose as his old cell mate Nick in order to make time with Nick's beautiful pen pal, Ashley (Theron). But Rudy's ruse blows up when he realizes that Ashely was double-crossing Nick ... and he's inescapably part of an armed robbery plot being hatched by her dangerously evil brother (Sinise)! Also featuring Clarence Williams III (LIFE), Danny Trejo (CON AIR), and Dennis Farina (GET SHORTY) -- don't miss this intensely entertaining, nonstop movie thrill ride!

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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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12 of 15 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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12 of 15 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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5 of 6 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I saw this movie years ago. I really enjoyed it. I wanted to watch it again so I purchased it. This movie still kept my attention this time also. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Janice Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit unbelievable, buuut...
Frankenheimer. There are some surprisingly decent scenes for a movie which got some very bad reviews. Read more
Published 2 months ago by george f
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite
I am a collector of movies that take place during Christmas but that are not about Christmas (Long Kiss Goodnight, Family Man, etc). Read more
Published 2 months ago by irishchic17
4.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
you will enjoy this movie if you like
a lot of action the end of the movie
will supprise you
Published 2 months ago by lewboy153
5.0 out of 5 stars Action
This is a movie I have watched time and time again. I finally bought it. Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Published 3 months ago by mystique
4.0 out of 5 stars Reindeer Games (The Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
There are plenty of plot summaries and opinions already published here so I will only focus on the actual quality of the film's transfer to Blu Ray. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve Douglas
3.0 out of 5 stars too much for VHS
Too much for VHS but it's my fault for not paiying attention, but it will be great as a white elephant gift with other Christmas themed movies like Lethal Weapon & Gremlins. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Reindeer games DVD
I loved this movie!! Great cast, Dennis Farina, Ben Affleck, Gary Senise, Charlize Theron. How can you go wrong?? Good plot.
Published 7 months ago by Jimmyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Dinner
What a trip to get home for Xmas dinner. Loved the ride, exciting & never knew what was going to happen next, horray for a good movie.
Published 8 months ago by Georgia Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas Casino Heist
Very good copy with no disc flaws of any kind . Ecellent movie. I enjoyed the character interplay and the heist.
Published 9 months ago by Roland S. Jefferson
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