Reindeer Games (also known as Deception) is a 2000 American film, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. It was Frankenheimer's final theatrically released film and received poor reviews.
Several unidentified dead men dressed as Santa Claus are shown in various positions. Six days earlier, Nick and Rudy are cellmates in prison three days away from release; Rudy is incarcerated for grand theft auto. Nick has been corresponding with a young woman named Ashley, who is waiting for him on the outside. When Nick is killed during a prison uprising, Rudy takes his place and lets the beautiful Ashley think he is 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 on Christmas Eve. Gabriel, the leader of a gang who assaults Rudy and Ashley in their cabin, claims to be Ashley's brother, rather than an old enemy of Nick's as Rudy initially assumes. Ashley knew that Gabriel was going to kidnap and force Rudy to assist in the robbery, rather than