- Actors: Jonathan Pryce, David Morrissey, Paul Bettany, Catherine Siggins, Neil Stuke
- Directors: Rachel Samuels
- Writers: Lev L. Spiro, Robert Louis Stevenson
- Producers: Rachel Samuels, John Brady, Roger Corman
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: New Concorde
- VHS Release Date: May 28, 2002
- Run Time: 89 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000055ZHA
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Robert Louis Stevenson's The Game of Death [VHS]
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The Game of Death is very very loosely based on Robert Louis Stevenson's short story, The Suicide Club and Other Stories (which actually has three parts-- the first being The Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts, on which this film is based).
If you haven't read the book, you may want to-- I liked it years ago, but it's definitely not RLS's best work. However, if you haven't seen the film, please do yourself a favor and skip it.
The premise is fascinating-- those who wish to end their lives for whatever reason may do so here. Rather than killing themselves if they are too reluctant to do so, they pay for their "murder", thereby not bringing shame upon their families (and getting a "proper" burial, too). The catch is, of course, that their 'turns' are decided by the draw of cards. And, it may be their turn to murder several times before drawing the card that permits them to get killed by another member. To me, this sounds like a twist on "Strangers on a Train (Two-Disc Special Edition)". However, it was nothing at all like that classic.
Jonathan Pryce plays the leader of this club ruling with high society iron! Once you sign the club's contract, there's no getting out of the club... alive! Obviously, for those who join this is the desired result. However, for those who change their minds and want to live well they're just out of luck (i.e., dead)!
The acting here is very good.Read more ›
The first pleasant surprise was seeing that "Game" was produced by Roger Corman, which is not incidental. In many ways a throwback to Corman's early '60s formula of inexpensive, visually sumptuous literary adaptations, "Game"'s chief virtues are technical and similar to Corman's Poe films. The film is gorgeously lit, the sound is crisp to the point of painful, the costume and production design just rich enough to suggest much more than they show. Corman proves again that you do not have to spend a lot of money to make a decent film.
There is nonetheless a difference between "Game" and Corman's early 60s work. It is part of the charm of those films that you can sense the backlot prop shop beneath the lively surfaces. You don't care much about the rough edges, because you know the films were produced for next to nothing. Here, the uneven performances, the edgy, rushed pace, the repetitive music, in short, all the subtle symptoms of a production that didn't have quite enough time to get things perfect, are out of synch with an environment dressed to the nines.
It is a perverse testament to the film's success in conveying class on the cheap that one is a touch too aware when it doesn't measure up. Jonathan Pryce, for example, is good, but has been better.Read more ›
The costumes are lovely, the acting is fine and the story is interesting. This is not a film for everyone, but it is very interesting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this...always have loved Jonathan Pryce in anything!Published 12 months ago by Marcar
In a way its kind of depressing because these people give up there lives, but Robert Lewis Stevenson might have felt this way when wrote the book, who knows.Published on May 30, 2013 by Erik Dburreson
Directed on location in Ireland by Rachel Samuels on a $2 Million budget, this movie is a work of cinematic art. Read morePublished on October 25, 2005 by Charles J. Rector
Though Robert Louis Stevenson's name is credited, Roger Corman-produced 'The Suicide Club' is different from the original short story by the author. Read morePublished on August 6, 2005 by T.NAKAJIMA
Not a bad little British film. It features some very good period costuming, good acting, particularly by actor Paul Bettany, plus well written story (it is afterall Robert Lewis... Read morePublished on May 25, 2001 by Johnboy1
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