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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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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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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.

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Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Vivia, Essex's Wife: [Passing a motionless body] Shouldn't we help him? He's going to freeze to death.
Essex: [Examining the body] He already has.
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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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Bad, very bad. Very very bad.
13 October 2000 | by sychonicSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie--I like Altman, I like Newman. I like science fiction and I liked the idea. And since this movie seems to be universally hated, I wanted to swim against the tide and find the intellectual quality in the movie that others seemed to be missing. All that going for it, and I still hated it.

Incomprehensible drivel.

And what's with the vaseline all over the camera lens? Folks who like this movie are fooling themselves, just because you dont understand a movie doesn't mean that it's deep, it means that the director and writer didn't know what they were doing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

11 April 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Quintet See more »

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Production Co:

Lion's Gate Films See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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