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The Player -- Academy Award-honoree Robert Altman directs this Golden Globe-winner for Best Motion Picture about a ruthless Hollywood studio executive who takes drastic measures.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Michael Tolkin (screenplay)
Michael Tolkin (novel)
Contact:
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Release Date:
8 May 1992 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Now more than ever! See more »
Plot:
A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Insidiously clever dark comedy See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tim Robbins ... Griffin Mill

Greta Scacchi ... June Gudmundsdottir

Fred Ward ... Walter Stuckel

Whoopi Goldberg ... Detective Avery

Peter Gallagher ... Larry Levy

Brion James ... Joel Levison

Cynthia Stevenson ... Bonnie Sherow

Vincent D'Onofrio ... David Kahane

Dean Stockwell ... Andy Civella

Richard E. Grant ... Tom Oakley

Sydney Pollack ... Dick Mellon

Lyle Lovett ... Detective DeLongpre

Dina Merrill ... Celia
Angela Hall ... Jan
Leah Ayres ... Sandy

Paul Hewitt ... Jimmy Chase

Randall Batinkoff ... Reg Goldman

Jeremy Piven ... Steve Reeves

Gina Gershon ... Whitney Gersh
Frank Barhydt ... Frank Murphy
Mike Kaplan ... Marty Grossman (as Mike E. Kaplan)
Kevin Scannell ... Gar Girard
Margery Bond ... Witness
Susan Emshwiller ... Detective Broom
Brian Brophy ... Phil
Michael Tolkin ... Eric Schecter
Stephen Tolkin ... Carl Schecter
Natalie Strong ... Natalie

Peter Koch ... Walter (as Pete Koch)

Pamela Bowen ... Trixie

Jeff Celentano ... Rocco (as Jeff Weston)

Steve Allen ... Himself

Richard Anderson ... Himself

Rene Auberjonois ... Himself

Harry Belafonte ... Himself

Shari Belafonte ... Herself

Karen Black ... Herself

Michael Bowen ... Himself

Gary Busey ... Himself

Robert Carradine ... Himself

Charles Champlin ... Himself

Cher ... Herself

James Coburn ... Himself

Cathy Lee Crosby ... Herself

John Cusack ... Himself

Brad Davis ... Brad Davis

Paul Dooley ... Himself
Thereza Ellis ... Herself

Peter Falk ... Himself

Felicia Farr ... Herself
Katarzyna Figura ... Herself (as Kasia Figura)

Louise Fletcher ... Herself

Dennis Franz ... Himself

Teri Garr ... Herself

Leeza Gibbons ... Herself

Scott Glenn ... Himself

Jeff Goldblum ... Himself

Elliott Gould ... Himself

Joel Grey ... Himself

David Alan Grier ... Himself

Buck Henry ... Himself

Anjelica Huston ... Herself

Kathy Ireland ... Herself

Steve James ... Himself
Maxine John-James ... Herself

Sally Kellerman ... Herself

Sally Kirkland ... Herself

Jack Lemmon ... Himself

Marlee Matlin ... Herself

Andie MacDowell ... Herself

Malcolm McDowell ... Malcolm McDowell

Jayne Meadows ... Herself

Martin Mull ... Himself

Jennifer Nash ... Herself

Nick Nolte ... Himself

Alexandra Powers ... Herself

Bert Remsen ... Himself
Guy Remsen ... Himself
Patricia Resnick ... Herself

Burt Reynolds ... Himself

Jack Riley ... Himself

Julia Roberts ... Herself

Mimi Rogers ... Herself

Annie Ross ... Herself

Alan Rudolph ... Himself

Jill St. John ... Herself

Susan Sarandon ... Herself
Adam Simon ... Himself

Rod Steiger ... Himself
Joan Tewkesbury ... Herself

Brian Tochi ... Himself

Lily Tomlin ... Herself

Robert Wagner ... Himself

Ray Walston ... Himself

Bruce Willis ... Himself

Marvin Young ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Althea Gibson ... Althea Gibson (uncredited)
Ted Hartley ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Jack Jason ... Jack (uncredited)
James McLindon ... Jim the Writer (uncredited)

Derek Raser ... Studio Mail Driver (uncredited)

Scott Shaw ... Scott (uncredited)

Patrick Swayze ... Himself (uncredited)

Dan Twyman ... Funeral Guest (uncredited)

Marina Zenovich ... Studio Executive (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Tolkin (screenplay)

Michael Tolkin (novel "The Player")

Produced by
Cary Brokaw .... executive producer
David Brown .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... co-producer
William S. Gilmore .... co-executive producer
David Levy .... associate producer
Michael Tolkin .... producer
Nick Wechsler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Jean Lépine (director of photography) (as Jean Lepine)
 
Film Editing by
Maysie Hoy 
Geraldine Peroni 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
 
Art Direction by
Jerry Fleming 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Emshwiller 
 
Costume Design by
Alexander Julian (wardrobe designer)
 
Makeup Department
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup artist (as Deborah Larsen)
Scott Williams .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Jim Chesney .... production supervisor
Tom Udell .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C.C. Barnes .... second assistant director (as CC Barnes)
Allan F. Nicholls .... first assistant director (as Allan Nicholls)
 
Art Department
Matthew R. Altman .... set dresser (as Matthew Altman)
John Beauvais .... scenic painter
Peter Borck .... leadman
Charles Bragg .... title painting
John Bucklin .... set dresser
Thomas Calloway .... carpenter
Sydney Cooper .... artwork
Loren Corney .... construction coordinator
John Evans .... carpenter
Kenny Funk .... carpenter (as Kenneth Funk)
Michelle Guastello .... art department coordinator (as Michele Guastello)
Julie Heuer .... assistant property master
Justin Kritzer .... carpenter
Darryl Lee .... carpenter
Chris Marneus .... carpenter
Patrick Maurer .... construction foreman (as Pat Maurer)
James Monroe .... property master
Mario Pérez .... swing gang (as Mario Perez)
Ricky Riggs .... painter
David Ronan .... set dresser
Daniel C. Rothenberg .... swing gang (as Daniel Rothenberg)
Jim Samson .... set dresser
W.C. Nearhood Jr. .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Kenneth R. Burton .... sound effects editor (as Ken Burton)
Robert Deschaine .... foley mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Rich Gooch .... recordist
Joseph Holsen .... dialogue editor
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist (as Paul Holtzborn)
Matthew Iadarola .... re-recording mixer
David Jobe .... foley recordist
Stanley Kastner .... sound re-recording mixer
Edmund J. Lachmann .... dialogue editor (as Ed Lachmann)
John Post .... foley artist
John Pritchett .... production sound mixer
Michael P. Redbourn .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Redbourn)
Joel Shryack .... boom operator
Emily Smith-Baker .... cable puller
Bill Ward .... assistant sound editor
John Rotondi .... sound engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John C. Hartigan .... special effects (as John Hartigan)
 
Stunts
Greg Walker .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Reed Altman .... first assistant camera
Robert Bruce .... electrician
Andy Day .... best boy electric (as Andrew Day)
Val DeSalvo .... electrician (as Val De Salvo)
Kevin Fahey .... grip
Michael James Fahey .... best boy grip (as Michael J. Fahey)
Craig Finetti .... third assistant camera
Scott Hollander .... grip (as Scott 'El Gato' Hollander)
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip
Daniel Cary McCrystal .... second assistant camera (as Cary McKrystal)
Tom McGrath .... electrician
Don Muchow .... gaffer
Tim Nash .... grip
Chris Reddish .... electrician
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Wayne Stroud .... dolly grip
Scott Hamilton .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vikki Barrett .... wardrobe assistant (as Vicki Brinkkord)
Angela Billows .... wardrobe assistant
Lydia Tanji .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Alisa Hale .... second assistant editor
Bob Hart .... negative cutter
A. Michelle Page .... assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer (as Michael Stanwick)
Dylan Tichenor .... apprentice editor
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
John Vigran .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Chris Armstrong .... driver (as Christopher Armstrong)
Ron Chesney .... driver
Steve Earle .... driver
Don Feeney .... driver
D.J. Gardiner .... driver
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator
J.T. Thayer .... transportation captain (as 'J.T.' Thayer)
Gregg Willis .... driver (as Greg Willis)
 
Other crew
Alison Balian .... assistant: Nick Wechsler
Andrea Berty .... craft service
Angie Bonner .... production assistant
Paul D. Boydston .... assistant location manager (as Paul Boydston)
Jim Brockett .... animal trainer
John O. Brown III .... production assistant (as John Brown III)
Betsy Chasse .... assistant coordinator
Stacy Cohen .... production secretary
Celia Converse .... representative: Sandcastle 5
Signe Corriere .... production assistant
Steve Day .... production assistant
Kimberly Edwards .... production accountant (as Kimberly Edwards Shapiro)
Judy Geletko .... additional accounting services
Robin Hage .... assistant: Cary Brokaw
Sheri Halfon .... financial representative: Avenue
Pamela Hedley .... production executive
Cynthia E. Hill .... production coordinator (as Cynthia Hill)
Kelly Householder .... production assistant
Lawrence Karman .... karaoke videos (as Larry 'Doc' Karman)
Jack Kney .... location manager
Danielle Knight .... assistant: Cary Brokaw
Cheryl Kurk .... assistant accountant
Claudia Lewis .... production executive
Stuart McCauley .... craft service
James McLindon .... assistant: Robert Altman (as Jim McLindon)
Tom Moore .... set medic
Dan Perri .... title designer
Carole Starkes .... script supervisor
Andrew Varela .... promotions arranger
Catherine Webb .... post-production accountant
Michael Hubert .... assistant coordinator (uncredited)
Julie Kuehndorf .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Chris Paine .... assistant to writer and producer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Janis Dinwiddie .... special thanks
Mark Eisen .... special thanks
Morgan Entrekin .... special thanks
Luis Estevez .... special thanks
Bob Flick .... special thanks: Entertainment Tonight
Suzanne Goldman .... special thanks
Gerald Greenbach .... special thanks: Two Bunch Palms
Ron Haver .... special thanks
Randy Honaker .... special thanks
Julie Johnston .... special thanks
Patrick Murray .... special thanks
Toyoko Nezu .... special thanks
Mimi Rabinowitz .... special thanks
Steve Trombatore .... special thanks: All Payments
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for language, and for some sensuality
Runtime:
124 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The interior of Griffin Mill's office is the same as used in Barton Fink (1991).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Crew member reflected in the windows of Griffin Mill's vehicle as Griffin pulls over and kills the snake.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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Movie Connections:
References Bicycle Thieves (1948)See more »
Soundtrack:
SNAKESee more »

FAQ

What actors make cameo apperences as themselves ?
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29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Insidiously clever dark comedy, 13 November 2005
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Robert Altman gets under my skin. His films are worthy of great respect, yet they are frequently as irritating as they are brilliant. The Player is, as much as Short Cuts, a quintessential Altman film. It is also one of the best roles Tim Robbins has ever enjoyed.

This film is about Hollywood's dark underbelly. The Player eviscerates its subject by twisting justice, political gamesmanship and artistic integrity into new configurations. For non-film-buffs or non-professionals some of the humor may seem too subtle to notice. To film buffs and insiders, the humor is totally over the top.

Robbins plays a young studio exec who is playing the game to win and seems, at least part of the time, to have a conscience. Everything is going along fine for him until he starts receiving threatening calls and letters from a writer whose screenplays he has rejected, and an arch-rival is promoted to a position just above his own. Paranoia and real danger seem in the periphery of every scene in his life, as the make-believe of his industry and the reality of his life begin to blend freely.

Robbins makes a character who could easily have been totally unlikeable somehow sympathetic. Despite his amazing performance, liking the character makes you feel as if you should go stand in a shower and exfoliate for an hour or so. He is supported by excellent supporting work all around. Especially good are the two major women's roles - played by Greta Scachi and Bonnie Sherrow, and veteran camp character Dean Stockwell.

The photography is liberally and amusingly lifted from several classic thrillers, mysteries and dramas, and comes off fresh and original - not at all like a DePalmaesque bit of visual plagiarism. And the pace is brisk.

The Player is probably my favorite Altman film, and it is easily my favorite Tim Robbins film. It's entertaining, intelligent and, well, it has a bad attitude. See it some night when you're angry and you need a good dark laugh.

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