Dangerous Game 1993

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Dangerous Game ★★ Snake Eyes 1993 (R)

Abrasive filmmaker Eddie Israel's (Keitel) new movie is about a couple's disintegrating marriage turning violent. Stars Sarah (Madonna) and Francis (Russo) find the on-camera violence spilling over into their tangled private lives while Eddie finds his personal traumas intruding more and more into the fictional material. Very raw movie within a movie features volatile Keitel (who also worked with Ferrera on “Bad Lieutenant”) and suitably histrionic Russo; Madonna manages to hold her own in the least showy role, a cinematic first. Eddie's betrayed and bewildered wife is sympathetically portrayed by Ferrara, director Abel's wife. Also available in an unrated version. 107m/C VHS, DVD . Harvey Keitel, James Russo, Madonna, Nancy Ferrara; D: Abel Ferrara; W: Nicholas St. John.