1992   USA The Player
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Director:Robert Altman
Studio:New Line Home Video
Writer:Michael Tolkin, Michael Tolkin
IMDb Rating:7.7 (26,426 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 9 nominations
Duration:124 min
Robert Altman  ...  (Director)
Michael Tolkin, Michael Tolkin  ...  (Writer)
Tim Robbins  ...  Griffin Mill
Greta Scacchi  ...  June Gudmundsdottir
Fred Ward  ...  Walter Stuckel
Whoopi Goldberg  ...  Detective Susan Avery
Peter Gallagher  ...  Larry Levy
Brion James  ...  Joel Levison
Cynthia Stevenson  ...  Bonnie Sherow
Vincent D'Onofrio  ...  David Kahane
Dean Stockwell  ...  Andy Civella
Richard E. Grant  ...  Tom Oakley
Sydney Pollack  ...  Dick Mellon
Lyle Lovett  ...  Detective DeLongpre
Dina Merrill  ...  Celia
Angela Hall  ...  Jan
Leah Ayres  ...  Sandy
Jean Lépine  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: A wicked satirical fable about corporate backstabbing--and actual murder--in the movie business, The Player benefits from director Robert Altman's long and bitter experience working within, and without, the Hollywood studio system. Rising young executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is tormented by threats from an anonymous writer. The pressure and paranoia build until Griffin loses control one night and semi-accidentally kills screenwriter David Kahane (Vincent D'Onofrio), who may or may not be the source of the threats. From that point, Griffin's life and career begin to fall apart. In keeping with the ironic spirit of the film itself, Altman's scathingly funny attack on the moral bankruptcy of Hollywood was embraced by many of the same people it was intended to savage, and restored the director to commercial and critical favor. Michael Tolkin adapted the screenplay from his own novel, and the movie is studded with cameos by famous faces, many of whom appear as themselves. The digital video disc includes a commentary track with Altman and Tolkin, some deleted scenes, a documentary about Altman, and a key to help identify more than 50 of the picture's big-name cameos. --Jim Emerson

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