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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?

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Michael Tolkin (screenplay), Michael Tolkin (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Mellen
Lyle Lovett ... Detective DeLongpre
Dina Merrill ... Celia
Angela Hall ... Jan
Leah Ayres ... Sandy
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Storyline

Events in the life of a Hollywood studio executive, unfold with the same unrealistic positive coincidences, ultimately culminating to a "happy ending", much like the movie scripts, with which he works day in and out, after he accidentally murders someone. Written by Abhay Bhatt

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The Best Movie Ever Made!" - Griffin Mill See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Player See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$302,216, 10 April 1992, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,706,100

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,876,701
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film has more Oscar winning actors and actresses in the cast than any other movie in history. There are twelve: Cher, James Coburn, Louise Fletcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Anjelica Huston, Jack Lemmon, Marlee Matlin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Rod Steiger. Thirteen, when you count Oscar winning Producer and Director Sydney Pollack, who also makes a cameo appearance. Also includes thirteen other actors and actresses who received Oscar nominations: Karen Black, Dean Stockwell, Michael Tolkin, Gary Busey, Peter Falk, Teri Garr, Jeff Goldblum, Elliott Gould, Sally Kirkland, Buck Henry, Sally Kellerman, Burt Reynolds, Nick Nolte, and Lily Tomlin. See more »

Goofs

Twice in this movie there is a rattlesnake that is heard rattling even though we can see that it is not shaking its rattle. 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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Crazy Credits

Tim Robbins, Fred Ward and Cynthia Stevenson all enter the film when their names appear in the opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the theatrical version there was a frontal nude scene of Tim Robbins at the hotel in the desert. This scene was removed for the cable version. See more »

Connections

References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
Theme by Michael Mark
Published by ADDAX MUSIC CO. INC.
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Postcards from hell
2 April 2018 | by damian-fullerSee all my reviews

At times it feels like a period piece or is it that we're so used to the horror. A world populated by the shallowest, opportunistic bunch of ignoramuses the world has ever know. How can art come out of that? I think that when it does it's just an accident of Casablanca proportions. Robert Altman who knows a thing or two about it tells us the horror story with the most everyday approach. Tim Robbins is perfect as that empty designer clothed excecutive with a tinge of self awareness. I had to take a shower after the film was over and remove myself from that world.


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