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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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Writers (WGA):
Michael Tolkin (screenplay)
Michael Tolkin (novel)
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Release Date:
8 May 1992 (USA) See more »
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A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected - but which one? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (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 ... Himself

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
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)
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)
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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Rated R for language, and for some sensuality
124 min
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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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[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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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
the reality of the making of the un-reality of Hollywood, 2 April 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Once The Player's end credits rolled, I was shaken, but in the kind of way that you are when you hear a really sly, long joke by someone who knows what they're telling is not hysterical but still has a wicked knack that will stay with you or gnaw at your side. Robert Altman's the Player, one of his very best films (maybe his best) made since the 1970's, is as much about the detached, perfunctory nature of these characters as it is a story of a murdering writing executive. It's not a satire in the sense of Dr. Strangelove; there's nothing that's over the top for the audience. But it does get in some notes, practically without any pretense of going about it otherwise, about the sterility of modern Hollywood. As a film buff, while watching this movie I'm not even bowled over by the numerous cameo appearances by Hollywood's main stars and wonderful character actors. That's because Altman, while being un-obtrusive of what the actors are doing on screen, has his focus set very carefully, and it's in this precise kind of mode that it works best.

It's not to say Altman's style doesn't have its own voice, and some of the shots in the film- self conscious no doubt- bring out the anti-Hollywood while Hollywood ideas. And working in the framework, not the dependence, of the story lets some interesting things of reality go on. When you see this 8-minute long take at the start of the film, it's getting the music of the film going right away, of the 'money-talks, BS-continues' attitude of a Hollywood studio, not just of the main character Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins). It may be 'just a movie', but it's also one with this constant feel of life going on, as Altman, through Tokin's screenplay, is a fly on the wall as it were. We see Mill, a writing executive, go through a rough patch with a certain writer (Vincent D'Onofrio) who hasn't heard back from him in a while. When a harsh accident occurs, Mill has to keep moving, not just with his job or his details of the night the two had, but with the writer's girlfriend (Greta Scacchi) who start an affair.

Altman once said, quite famously, once casting is complete 80% of his work is done. The Player is one of those major examples in Altman's career, and despite the fact that most, if not all, of the supporting actors (who may or may not also be in their cameo roles) are sublime in their roles (Goldberg, Scacchi, Lyle Lovett, and especially Cynthia Stevnenson), it's a key Robbins turn. His career has often had roles where he can lay in a naturalness that other actors might not have gone for. He also fits the role of Griffin Mill much as he did for Andy Dufresne and Dave in Mystic River. Here he has a perfect quality in this character to, as Ebert pointed out, not be un-likable even as he is not a good person. I loved the little facial gestures, the seemingly controlled stares, and the small moments where his upper class facade starts to wear down beneath the bloodless business of making movie deals. His could be for some the only reason to see the film, and rightfully so, as I really don't think Altman would've been able to pull it off with another.

It does almost add to what could be frustration for some by the end of the film to see what happens to him, but it actually is after thinking about it more even more satisfying an ending. A question the film ponders for this character is- if he can survive the reality when all he wants is a happy ending in the stories he hears? And through this simplicity some compositions and scenes are quite remarkable; that one single shot of a certain close-up of a sex scene not only plays brilliantly off of a script description earlier, but is one of the best scene-shots I've seen in recent movies. Very well done, if not for everyone.

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