Dangerous Game (1987 film)

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Dangerous Game
DVD cover
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Produced by Basil Appleby
Judith West
Screenplay by Peter West
Starring Miles Buchanan
Marcus Graham
Steven Grives
Kathryn Walker
Sandie Lillingston
John Polson
Music by Steve Ball
Les Gock
Cinematography Peter Levy
Edited by Tim Wellburn
Release date
Running time
98 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Budget A$4.7 million[1]
Box office A$31,802 (Australia)[2]

Dangerous Game is a 1987 Australian slasher film directed by Stephen Hopkins.


Jack Hayward (Marcus Graham) is a computer hacker who breaks into a department store at night with his friends for thrills, but are then locked in by a former cop turned security guard named Patrick Murphy (Steven Grives), who had been suspended from his previous job by Jack and his friends. This cat-and-mouse game becomes a fight for survival when Tony (John Polson) is murdered by Murphy and his friends are next.



The set built by Igor Nay was one of the largest ever built for an Australian film.[3]


Dangerous Game has no approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes but currently holds a 20% Audience Score.

According to Stephen Hopkins the film sold well at Cannes because "at that time it was quite cool to be Australian'."[4]


Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
(1987 AFI Awards)
Best Sound Peter Fenton Nominated
Phil Heywood Nominated
Martin Oswin Nominated
Best Production Design Igor Nay Nominated


  1. ^ "Production Survey", Cinema Papers, September 1987 p66
  2. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office", Film Victoria accessed 24 October 2009
  3. ^ David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p244
  4. ^ Logan, Brian (29 July 1998). "Arts: Some of Stephen Hopkins's films are so bad he can't bear to watch them... But Lost In Space is different. Brian Logan meets the man who won the hearts of Heather Graham and Hollywood". The Guardian. p. 014. 

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