Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) is a small-time car thief about to be released from jail in time for Christmas. When his cellmate, Nick, is suddenly killed, Rudy decides to take on his identity in order to meet Nick's beautiful pen-pal girlfriend, Ashley (Charlize Theron). The couple has fun until her psychotic brother, Gabriel (Gary Sinise), shows up. Gabriel and his gang want to hold up a casino where Nick had once worked, and they blackmail Rudy/Nick into going along with the scheme. Rudy has to bluff his way through the crime, pretending to be Nick in order to avoid being killed while trying to sabotage the plans of the bad guys. Will Rudy be able to outsmart the bad guys, or will he end up facedown in the snow?
Double crosses abound in this frosty film noir action movie boasting a twisty script by writer Ehren Kruger (SCREAM 3, ARLINGTON ROAD) and assured direction by veteran John Frankenheimer (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, RONIN), plus a sneaky sense of humor and plenty of Christmas references.
Bob Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Robert Weinstein - Prod./Screenwriter/Director
Clarence Williams III - Star, Film and TV (Mod Squad), late '60s-present
James Hutson - Actor
James Frain - Actor
Alan Silvestri - Composer, VAN HELSING (2004)
Donal Logue - Actor/"The Crew"
Charlize Theron - American actress, MONSTER
Mark Hoeppner - Actor
John Frankenheimer - American Director
Ann Trulove - Editor
Dennis Farina - American TV/film actor, CRIME STORY (1985)
Danny Trejo - American actor
Gary Sinise - American Actor/Director
Antony Gibbs - British Editor, TOM JONES (1963), RONIN (1998), ROLLERBALL
Tony Gibbs - British Editor, TOM JONES (1963), RONIN (1998), ROLLERBALL
Harvey Weinstein - Film producer
Marty Katz - Producer
Ashton Kutcher - Actor
Ben Affleck - Oscar-winning actor/screenwriter, GOOD WILL HUNTING
Ehren Kruger - Screenwriter
Helen Jarvis - Art Director
Eric Fraser - Art Director
Theatrical release: February 5, 2000. Shooting location: Prince George and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The film was originally scheduled for release in December 1999 but was pushed back to February 2000. After the move the title was briefly changed to DECEPTION out of fear that REINDEER GAMES was too closely related to Christmas. The movie was filmed near Vancouver, British Columbia. The soundtrack features Dean Martin singing "Let It Snow."
"...Breathlessly paced..." Variety, p.40
"...A knockout of a surprise ending....Frankenheimer keeps the picture racing along..." - 04/??/2000 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.33
"...Frankenheimer is the siege engine that keeps the REINDEER action flying on all cylinders..." - 03/16/2000 Rolling Stone, p.82
"...Mr. Frankenheimer has an entertaining bent for swift, scary violence with 1960's cracks and reverbs on the soundtrack for an old school reference point....The vividness of the expert cast makes the movie feel lived-in..." - 02/25/2000 New York Times, p.E20
"...Affleck is a likeable lead..." - 01/01/2001 Total Film, p.118