Game 6

Game 6

Director: Michael Hoffman

Cast: Michael Hoffman, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Ari Graynor

     
 

A writer runs an obstacle course of neuroses as he prepares to debut an important new work in this comedy drama. Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) is a successful playwright who, after a series of hit comedies, is about to debut a deeply personal drama, and is more than a little nervous about how it will be received. Rogan has learned that…  See more details below

Overview

A writer runs an obstacle course of neuroses as he prepares to debut an important new work in this comedy drama. Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) is a successful playwright who, after a series of hit comedies, is about to debut a deeply personal drama, and is more than a little nervous about how it will be received. Rogan has learned that notoriously tough critic Steven Schwimmer (Robert Downey Jr.) will be reviewing the opening night performance; a bad notice from Schwimmer sent Nicky's good friend and fellow writer Elliott (Griffin Dunne) into an emotional tailspin from which he's yet to recover. Rogan also has reason to believe that Peter Redmond (Harris Yulin), the play's leading man, may have a serious health problem that could sideline the show. Rogan is being dogged by personal anxieties as well -- his wife, Lillian (Catherine O'Hara), is leaving him, he's having an affair with Joanne (Bebe Neuwirth), who is bankrolling the show, his father (Tom Aldredge) is in failing health, and the life-long Boston Red Sox fan is panicking as his heroes are being trounced by the New York Mets in game six of the World Series. Game Six was the first original screenplay from noted novelist and playwright Don DeLillo; the film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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Fans of novelist Don DeLillo know the man has big things on his mind. So it should come as no surprise that his screenwriting debut tackles such disparate elements as self-doubt, the creative process, family dysfunction, and sports fandom. All of this is embodied in a playwright (Michael Keaton) who's toeing the line between success and failure -- a rabid Boston Red Sox fan who's a native New Yorker, no less. Game 6 is sometimes haphazard and unfocused, but it benefits greatly from Keaton's best performance in a decade. His Nicky Rogan is drawn to the perennially failing baseball team because he's addicted to the failures of his own life, which carry the same preordained quality as the team's epic collapse in the 1986 World Series. For those who were oversaturated by Red Sox appearances in pop culture following their 2004 World Series triumph, Game 6 isn't really a "Red Sox movie," as it were. Game details are obsessed over and baseball philosophies floated, but they carry more of a symbolic value. The film is more about a self-destructive mind and the unusual places it goes, during a defining day in which Rogan runs into numerous emotionally charged acquaintances and agonizes over his World Series conflict with the opening night of his play. Michael Hoffman, who has typically helmed mainstream fare with clean production values, gives the film a scruffy look that easily transports the viewer to the windy, trash-strewn streets of New York in October of 1986. The outer look of the film is a reflection of Rogan's inner mind, and Keaton gives us an interesting mind to contemplate indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
UPC:
0829567035726
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
91,313

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making Game 6; Game 6 Stories; Film commentary by director Michael Hoffman; Original theatrical trailer; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Nicky Rogan
Robert Downey Steven Schwimmer
Ari Graynor Laurel Rogan
Bebe Neuwirth Joanna Bourne
Griffin Dunne Elliott Litvak
Shalom Harlow Paisley Porter
Nadia Dajani Renee Simons
Roger Rees Jack Haskins
Tom Aldredge Michael Rogan
Lillias White Toyota Moseby
Amir Ali Said Matthew
Catherine O'Hara Lillian Rogan
David Guion voice

Technical Credits
Michael Hoffman Director
Joshua Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Amy Armstrong Associate Producer
David Bausch Co-producer
Don DeLillo Screenwriter
David M. Dunlap Cinematographer
Griffin Dunne Producer
Bill Groom Production Designer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Karen Kane Asst. Director
Christine Weiss Lurie Producer
Michael Nozik Executive Producer
Amy Robinson Producer
Elizabeth Shelton Costumes/Costume Designer
David Skinner Executive Producer
Camilla Toniolo Editor
Meredith Tucker Casting
Leslie Urdang Producer
Georgianne Walken Casting
Yo La Tengo Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Game 6
1. Opening Credits [17:03]
2. Cab Rides [5:25]
3. "This Could Be It" [9:29]
4. The Truth Hurts [5:38]
5. Barbershop [8:25]
6. Frankie the Gangster [12:21]
7. Baseball Is Life [10:53]
8. True Fans [8:41]
9. One Last Cab [1:03]
10. End Credits [4:27]

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