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(1979)

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The majority of the movie was filmed on the site of Montreal's Expo '67 World's Fair. This is the same location as the empty Man and His World Pavillion on St. Helen's Island. This island is connected to Montreal by Bridges and the subway. It was originally built for Expo '67 and remained standing there for several more years.
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The movie was classified with a number of 18+ film censorship classification certificates around the world for its violence, a rare adults only classification for a Robert Altman film.
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In the film's major lead cast, actor Paul Newman was the only American and only non-European actor. Brigitte Fossey was French, Fernando Rey was Spanish, Nina van Pallandt was Danish, Vittorio Gassman was Italian and Bibi Andersson was Swedish.
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The pavilion was to be razed after filming was complete. Director Robert Altman had developed an affection for the silk-screened glass panels that he had used to heighten the lost-world sense of the movie's setting. He salvaged the 44 panels and for a time displayed them at his Lion's Gate studio. When he and his wife found an apartment in Manhattan in 1984, about a dozen of the panels - some as tall as 18 feet - became the dominant decorative feature. The history of the panels and the apartment, with photos, became an article in the March 1990 issue of "Architectural Digest", preserved online at www.sopot.org/altmanresidence.pdf.
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The successive flops of A Wedding (1978), A Perfect Couple (1979) and this film prompted Robert Altman to take on a big studio assignment in the shape of Popeye (1980).
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The film's "Quintet" title refers to a board game which is a death game played by six participants involved in hide-and-seek antics in which the losers get killed by the winners, thus leaving five people (hence the word quintet which equals five).
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To add realism, Robert Altman had all the sets kept at freezing temperatures.
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The board game that gives the film its title was created by Robert Altman and his crew and came with a full set of working rules.
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The film's extremely poor box office performance led to Alan Ladd Jr.'s demise as head of production at 20th Century Fox.
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While the film was playing in theaters, a branded brochure was distributed with the full rules of the game inside.
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Second of two films that actor Paul Newman made with director Robert Altman. The first movie was Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976) made and released around three years earlier in 1976.
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Second and final of two films that director Robert Altman made with cinematographer Jean Boffety. The first film had been Thieves Like Us (1974) around five years earlier.
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One of five late-1970s films that director Robert Altman made for the 20th Century Fox studio. The movies are HealtH (1980), Quintet (1979), 3 Women (1977), A Wedding (1978) and A Perfect Couple (1979).
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The circular building with a ring of antennas shown in an exterior shot is actually a LORAN site (used for aircraft navigation) in Iqaluit, Nunavut, in the Canadian Arctic.
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The five different tokens used in the "Quintet" board-game were the starfish, the red amulet, the ice crystal, the scalloped cross, and the mushroom-shaped token.
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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.
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A rare entry into the sci-fi genre for director Robert Altman who previously had directed the moon movie Countdown (1967) around twelve years earlier.
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This is one of two films directed by Robert Altman released in 1979. The first was A Perfect Couple (1979).
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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.
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Although Robert Altman originated the idea for the film, he initially wanted Walter Hill to direct.
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