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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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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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One of two 1979 cinema movies directed by Robert Altman first released in that year. The other picture was A Perfect Couple (1979).See more »
Quotes:
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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40 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A flawed masterpiece, 10 December 2005
Author: raidavies-1 from New Zealand

I am one of those who was haunted by this film on first viewing and watched it for a second time soon afterward and understood - and appreciated - it far more as a result. It's often disingenuous to say that a film which so clearly divided opinion has to have something going for it but, in the case of Quintet, that is pleasingly true. By trawling the other comments about Quintet on the website, you can see that some people have a visceral dislike for the slow pace and unfolding of the film and a discontent with the actions and reactions of characters within it. Others point out that this is precisely the point of the film - it is profoundly nihilistic and demonstrates the breakdown of modern social conventions when a culture is forced to make a dramatic change to itself. Also, Quintet should be taken in the context of Marshall Mcluhan's comment: "the medium is the message". I wish I could claim this next comment as my own, because it's very perceptive, but it came from my then girlfriend: "This must have been what it was like for people in the last ice age, when just surviving was the priority and anything, even killing people, was a welcome break from the tedium". You see, Quintet isn't actually about how a society evolves to meet the challenges of environmental change; it's about how a society devolves to minimise the effect of environmental changes. Having watched this film again just last night, I agree even more with Altman's vision of where the human race is likely to go - I think he is remarkably prescient. Like 'Three Days of the Condor', this is a film that has, with the passing of time, become remarkably relevant to the world in which we live today.

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