Reindeer Games Theatrical Poster
|Directed by||John Frankenheimer|
|Produced by||Marty Katz
|Written by||Ehren Kruger|
|Music by||Alan Silvestri|
|Editing by||Antony Gibbs
|Distributed by||Dimension Films|
|Release date(s)||February 25, 2000|
|Running time||104 minutes|
|Budget||$36 million USD|
Reindeer Games (also known as Deception) is a 2000 movie, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. It was Frankenheimer's final theatrically released film but received poor reviews.
Nick and Rudy are cellmates in prison. Nick has been corresponding with a young woman named Ashley Mercer, who is waiting for him on the outside. But when Nick is killed during a prison uprising, Rudy takes his place and lets the beautiful Ashley think he's the one who has been writing her the love letters. Before long, Rudy discovers that pretending to be Nick was not such a good idea after all, as some fellow criminals intend to use him for their own purposes - robbing the casino at which Nick used to work. The film takes a series of twists and turns as Rudy discovers that he has been duped numerous times.
The twists include:
|Ben Affleck||Rudy Duncan|
|Charlize Theron||Ashley Mercer|
|James Frain||Nick Cassidy|
|Gary Sinise||Gabriel Mercer|
|Clarence Williams III||Merlin|
|Ron Jeremy||Prisoner #1 (as Ron Hyatt)|
|Ashton Kutcher||College Kid|
|Ron Perkins||Ice Fisherman|
|Dennis Farina||Jack Bangs|
|Dana Stubblefield||The Alamo|
The film received generally poor reviews and lost expectations at achieving commercial success. Theron considered it her worst movie, saying that "Reindeer Games was not a good movie, but I did it because I loved John Frankenheimer." A CNN review said: "Reindeer Games isn't at the bottom of his creative barrel, but it's close."