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The Player (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  8 May 1992 (USA)
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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one?

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Storyline

A studio script screener gets on the bad side of a writer by not accepting his script. The writer is sending him threatening postcards. The screener tries to identify the writer in order to pay him off so he'll be left alone, and then in a case of mistaken identity gone awry, he accidentally gives the writer solid ammunition for blackmail. This plot is written on a backdrop of sleazy Hollywood deals and several subplots involving the politics of the industry. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for language, and for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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8 May 1992 (USA)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,706,100 (USA)
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Trivia

Writer Michael Tolkin actually had a film company ring him up and try to option Habeus Corpus, the blatantly ludicrous film that is pitched within the movie. See more »

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When Mill reads the newspaper story about the murder, a closeup of article reveals that it is just the same few paragraphs printed over and over. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man 1: [voiceover] Quiet on the set.
Woman: [voiceover] OK, everybody, quiet on the set.
Man 2: [voiceover] Scene 1, take 10. Marker.
Man 1: [voiceover] And - action!
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PRECIOUS
Written by Les Hooper
Copyright Chesford Music Publications
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Just re-visited this & still love it
5 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just went back and watched this again after many years and still find it one of the best movies ever made about movies. This "movie within a movie" has it all. Suspense, drama, comedy, great and numerous cameos, and some "inside Hollywood" jokes. One highlight is at the start where the actors are describing the best long opening tracking shots of all time while Robert Altman skillfully is showing you one at the same time! The Burt Reynolds cameo is very funny, sounds unscripted, and is one of many brilliant uses of this device. Favorite line: "waiter, this is a wine glass. I'd like my water in a water glass". The line comes from Tim Robbins, who is excellent as studio executive Griffin Mill.


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