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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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In Hollywood, it's not who you know, it's who you kill. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Trivia

In the original novel by Michael Tolkin, June's second name is Mercator, not Gudmundsdottir. 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 D.O.A. (1988) See more »

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Let's Begin Again
Music and lyrics by Robert Altman
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Just re-visited this & still love it
5 May 2006 | by pwalker-13See all my reviews

I just went back and watched this again after many years and still find it one of the best movies ever made about movies. This "movie within a movie" has it all. Suspense, drama, comedy, great and numerous cameos, and some "inside Hollywood" jokes. One highlight is at the start where the actors are describing the best long opening tracking shots of all time while Robert Altman skillfully is showing you one at the same time! The Burt Reynolds cameo is very funny, sounds unscripted, and is one of many brilliant uses of this device. Favorite line: "waiter, this is a wine glass. I'd like my water in a water glass". The line comes from Tim Robbins, who is excellent as studio executive Griffin Mill.


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