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Game 6
Directed by Michael Hoffman
Produced by Griffin Dunne
Amy Robinson
Bryan Iler
Written by Don DeLillo
Starring Michael Keaton
Griffin Dunne
Shalom Harlow
and Robert Downey Jr.
Music by Yo La Tengo
Distributed by Kindred Media Group
Release date(s) 10 March 2005
Running time 87 min.
Language English
Budget $500,000

Game 6 is a 2005 American film directed by Michael Hoffman, first presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and released in the United States in 2006. The film depicts the events of 25 October 1986 in the life of Nicky Rogan, specifically the opening of his latest play juxtaposed with Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, with a screenplay that Don DeLillo wrote in 1991. The soundtrack was written and performed by Yo La Tengo.


Plot summary

Nicky Rogan has written several plays and has achieved success. It is now opening night of his latest effort, and all around him assure him that this one will be the best yet. But as opening hour approaches, Rogan falls prey to doubts and fears, egged on by another playwright whose last work was trashed by the local newspaper's new drama critic, Steven Schwimmer. He eventually lets those fears drive him to adopt a resolve to kill the critic (who he assumes will also trash his play), and he procures a handgun with which to perform the deed.

Instead of attending the play's opening night Rogan spends the time in a bar, accompanied by a lady cab driver and her grandson; earlier in the evening the lady misidentified Rogan as a local small-time hoodlum, and Rogan does not correct her misidentification.

They watch the crucial Game 6 of the World Series playoff between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets. The Sox had won 3 games and could clinch the title by winning Game 6, but Rogan, a lifelong Sox fan, knows how easily they can lose when they should win. He spends the evening waiting for the inevitable, even though the Sox are ahead most of the time. When the inevitable does occur (due to an unexpected pair of errors at the end of the final inning), he snaps, and heads out to take out his rage on the newspaper critic.

He not only finds the critic, but finds him in the early stages of deflowering the playwright's daughter. He begins firing wildly, but is finally calmed when he learns that the critic is equally devastated by the Sox's loss. They end up together, watching an interminable rerun of the final error on a small television set in the critic's apartment.


Background to the film

The film is strikingly similar to DeLillo's novel White Noise; there's a toxic fume that the main character must escape from, a strong bond with a daughter, and Nicky discovers an escape from his obsession, the Boston Red Sox's failures, by attempting murder. In White Noise the fixation is with death, not failure. However, both murders are averted when the main characters are given epiphanies by the potential victims. There are also similarities to DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis. Coincidentally, Keaton was in a movie called White Noise, a movie unrelated to DeLillo's novel.

Production notes

The movie was made as an independent effort, largely as a labor of love, with all the "name" players working for little more than scale (Keaton's salary was $100/day, for instance). Filming was completed in 20 days, and the filming budget was $500,000. Most of the filming occurred in New York City.

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