HOUSE OF GAMES
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 102 min, USA, Dir: David Mamet

Renowned psychiatrist and best-selling author Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse) is drawn into a seductive underworld when one of her patients, a compulsive gambler, introduces her to a dangerous and alluring confidence man (Joe Mantegna). Soon she’s ensnared in an elaborate confidence game and her sampling of this dangerous demimonde threatens to swallow her whole.


THINNER
1996, Paramount, 93 min, USA, Dir: Tom Holland

In this creepy adaptation of the Stephen King novel, obese lawyer Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) gets off scot-free after running over and killing a gypsy woman, whose father (Michael Constantine) then puts a curse on him. When Halleck begins to lose weight uncontrollably, he asks a mob boss client (Joe Mantegna, thoroughly menacing) to persuade the gypsy patriarch to lift the curse. For his work helping the central character shed the pounds, make-up artist Greg Cannom earned a well-deserved Saturn nomination.


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