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Writers:
Robert Altman (story) &
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Release Date:
24 August 1979 (West Germany) See more »
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One man against the world.
Plot:
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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Film Review: ‘Altman’
 (From Variety - Film News. 20 June 2014, 9:00 PM, PDT)

Altman’s Unsung ’70s
 (From SoundOnSight. 20 January 2014, 1:50 PM, PST)

Robert Altman: The Hollywood Interview
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 15 February 2013, 1:43 PM, PST)

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A deeply strange movie, full of disturbance See more (60 total) »

Cast

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Paul Newman ... Essex

Vittorio Gassman ... Saint Christopher

Fernando Rey ... Grigor

Bibi Andersson ... Ambrosia

Brigitte Fossey ... Vivia, Essex's Wife
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
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Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
Robert Altman (story) &
Lionel Chetwynd (story) &
Patricia Resnick (story)

Frank Barhydt (screenplay) &
Robert Altman (screenplay) and
Patricia Resnick (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Altman .... producer
Allan F. Nicholls .... associate producer (as Allan Nicholls)
Tommy Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Tom Pierson 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Boffety 
 
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 .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Braive .... second assistant director
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Stephen Altman .... property master
Stéphane Reichel .... assistant to art director
Andre Brochu .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sam Gemette .... sound editor
Robert Gravenor .... sound
David M. Horton .... special sound effects (as David Horton)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Tom Fisher .... special effects
John Thomas .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Chmura .... assistant camera
John Daoust .... key grip
Robert Guertin .... assistant camera
Kevin O'Connell .... gaffer
Al Smith .... assistant camera
Paul Van der Linden .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hay .... wardrober
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
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
Dick Dubuque .... project accountant
David Fitzgerald .... assistant to producer
Ralph M. Leo .... project auditor
Patrice Ryan .... title designer
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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Actor Paul Newman's only ever film in the science-fiction film genre. Cars (2006) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) are not categorized as sci-fi but fantasy.See more »
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Goldstar:I find you despicable. I despise your arrogance.
Grigor:It is as planned.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A deeply strange movie, full of disturbance, 19 December 2006
Author: panquin from United States

If you're a science fiction fan and you think you're in possession of every sci-fi movie out there that matters - but you haven't seen or don't own Quintet - you have a gaping hole to deal with, for Quintet is essential viewing. It's not perfect, it's maddening at times, but as a wholly unique take on the future (and unspecified future events) it's required viewing, believe it.

Quintet is, first off, an American director's (conscious or unconscious, I'm not sure) European-movie excursion - or, it's more akin to, say, a French director's style than an American's. Very long shots of pinpoint-sized characters as they move slow as molasses into full view; utterly spare dialogue; women from a Bergman film; relentless singularity of vision; and nothing given away, no easy answers, fields of question marks all around. A slight movie, in a way...the barest bit of celluloid, with a relative few actors and a rather oblique plot. But the movie sears itself into your brain, and even though you'll never need to see it again after the first viewing (if you're like me), you're not gonna forget it.

It should also be mentioned that one of the great feats of Quintet is featuring the very environment itself as an actorly presence, something to be reckoned with - or, more precisely, cold itself as an actorly presence. This movie, next to Fargo, renders the latter a Hawaiian romp, when it comes to the depiction of bone-shivering cold. You cannot watch this movie, even in Arizona, and resist quaking along with the actors. Probably the most believable movie re: pure environmental cold I've ever seen. Which of course matches the goings-on of the story...but you'll have to find that out for yourself.

See Quintet, and witness a great director's creative restlessness touching the sci-fi genre in a completely original way. It's like nothing you've ever seen. And it will, in your depths, despite yourself, trouble you.

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