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Quintet -- Robert Altman's somber science fiction tale that takes place after a nuclear holocaust has thrown the world into another Ice Age.
Quintet -- Tumbling dice in this trailer for the thriller


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Release Date:
24 August 1979 (West Germany) See more »
One man against the world.
During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces ... and only the winner survives. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Newman ... Essex

Vittorio Gassman ... St. Christopher

Fernando Rey ... Grigor

Bibi Andersson ... Ambrosia

Brigitte Fossey ... Vivia
Nina van Pallandt ... Deuca (as Nina Van Pallandt)
David Langton ... Goldstar
Thomas Hill ... Francha (as Tom Hill)
Monique Mercure ... Redstone's Mate

Craig Richard Nelson ... Redstone
Maruska Stankova ... Jaspera
Anne Gerety ... Aeon
Michel Maillot ... Obelus
Max Fleck ... Wood Supplier
Françoise Berd ... Charity House Woman (as Francoise Berd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Glassbourg ... Lost Soul (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Frank Barhydt (screenplay by) &
Robert Altman (screenplay by) and
Patricia Resnick (screenplay by)

Robert Altman (story by) &
Lionel Chetwynd (story by) &
Patricia Resnick (story by)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Allan F. Nicholls .... associate producer (as Allan Nicholls)
Tommy Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tom Pierson (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Jean Boffety (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dennis M. Hill 
Casting by
Luca Kouimelis 
Production Design by
Leon Ericksen 
Art Direction by
Wolf Kroeger 
Costume Design by
Scott Bushnell 
Makeup Department
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jim Kaufman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Braive .... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
Art Department
Stephen Altman .... property master (as Steve Altman)
Stéphane Reichel .... assistant to art director (as Stephane Reichel)
Andre Brochu .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
Sound Department
Sam Gemette .... sound editor
Robert Gravenor .... sound
David M. Horton .... special sound effects designer (as David Horton)
Richard Portman .... rerecording
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
John Thomas .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Chmura .... camera assistant
John Daoust .... key grip (as Johnny Daoust)
Robert Guertin .... camera assistant
Kevin O'Connell .... gaffer (as Kevin O'Connel)
Al Smith .... camera assistant
Paul Van der Linden .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hay .... wardrobe
J. Allen Highfill .... costumer
Editorial Department
Jim Carter .... editorial apprentice
Raja Gosnell .... assistant editor (as Raja R. Gosnell)
William Hoy .... assistant editor
Richard Whitfield .... editorial apprentice
Music Department
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performer (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Tom Pierson .... conductor
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Peter Bray .... transportation coordinator
Melanie Johnson .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Victoria Barney .... project coordinator
Monique Champagne .... script supervisor
Elaine Di Bello Bradish .... assistant to producer (as Elaine di Bello Bradish)
Dick Dubuque .... project accountant
David Fitzgerald .... assistant to producer
Glen Garner .... head trainer: Rottweiler dogs (as Glenn Garner)
Ralph M. Leo .... project auditor (as Ralph Leo)
Patrice Ryan .... title design
Rita Shaffer .... project manager
Ed Horwitz .... personal assistant: Robert Altman (uncredited)
Danièle Rohrbach .... production secretary (uncredited)
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118 min | Argentina:116 min | Portugal:110 min
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Some movie posters for the film formed a dagger out of the letter "t" in the film's one-word "Quintet" title-logo.See more »
Grigor:...and talk about life.
Essex:The only thing I've seen is death, or the prospect of it.
Grigor:But that's what makes life worthwhile; every time you cheat death, you feel the pure thrill of life
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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Different take on Sci/Fi, 24 September 2005
Author: lisvic from Texas

I saw the film for the first time about a month ago on cable. Always heard about it, but never had a chance to check it out.In sharp contrast with most of the reviews on this page I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. While not a big budget film, production team created an interesting world of constant snow. Altman must also be given credit for successfully creating an atmosphere of constant dread. That combined with a powerful music and loud ambient sound effects, presents a cinematic work with imagery that will haunt you weeks after seeing the film.It's not a perfect film, but what film is? Sure, movie takes it's time....,but so what? Sure not everything is explained, but where does it say that story must be spoon fed to the audience? How about letting me think on my own? Sure, it's a low tech Sci/Fi, but so what? Just because there's no plasma rifles or space battles doesn't mean the film is bad...Altman's film is an unusual take on Science Fiction genre...More of a play than a film...more of an allegory than a linear storytelling...and it's just keeps getting better with repeated viewings. More things noticed that were missed before...A surprisingly rich film. In it's tone, the movie I would compare"Quintet" to would be Tarkovsky's "Solaris".... I loved "Quintet"! Too bad it's not on DVD!

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