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Quintet (1979)

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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.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Frank Barhydt (screenplay by), Robert Altman (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Newman ... Essex
Vittorio Gassman ... St. Christopher
Fernando Rey ... Grigor
Bibi Andersson ... Ambrosia
Brigitte Fossey ... Vivia
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 Maruska Stankova ... Jaspera
Anne Gerety Anne Gerety ... Aeon
Michel Maillot ... Obelus
Max Fleck Max Fleck ... Wood Supplier
Françoise Berd ... Charity House Woman (as Francoise Berd)
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Storyline

In the distant future the world is in the grip of another ice age. A city originally built to house five million people is now in its death throes as the relentlessly advancing glacier is slowly crushing the metropolis's steel infrastructure. The relatively few surviving fur-clad inhabitants, perhaps thousands, perhaps only hundreds, drift aimlessly in their grim, drab world, awaiting their inevitable fate as they try to survive from day to day with scavenged firewood and minimal diet. Their only solaces are booza, an alcoholic drink distilled from moss, and Quintet, a seemingly innocuous board game for six players. The only other surviving mammals are roving packs of hungry mastiffs which roam the city's corridors and quickly dispose of the remains of the dead. Newly arrived from the south is Essex with his pregnant wife Vivia, seeking shelter in the doomed city only to find it populated by people middle-aged or older. They had supported themselves by hunting seals, but now that the ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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One man against the world.

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

29 April 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Quinteto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lion's Gate Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some movie posters for the film formed a dagger out of the letter "t" in the film's one-word "Quintet" title-logo. See more »

Quotes

Essex: It's not common for people to smile.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of fading to black before the film begins, the silent 20th Century Fox logo instead *dissolves* into the opening scene, that of a frozen wasteland in a heavy blizzard. See more »

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I really wanted to like this movie, but...
28 November 2016 | by ejonconradSee all my reviews

I had never heard of this movie until I saw it in an "obscure sci-fi" list. That was surprising, because it sounded like it was right in my wheel house. I love 70s post-apocalyptic sci-fi, I love Paul Newman, and I love Robert Altman movies.

For the record, I loved Zardoz, which is generally regarded as another high-concept misfire, so I had hopes I would like this one in spite of the suspiciously low Rotten Tomatoes score.

Unfortunately, RT was right. This was just boring and terrible. Basically, an ice age has enveloped the Earth and everyone passes their time playing a game called Quintet - and people get killed over it. That's it; that's the plot.

The whole thing had the feel of a pilot for a TV show that was never picked up. You know, like maybe in the next episode, something interesting would happen. There definitely wasn't enough there to stand on its own.

On top of everything else, it takes itself really seriously, so it even fails in the "so bad it's good" category".

I can't recommend watching this movie for any reason whatsoever.


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