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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 & 30 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 »

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Trivia

The sex scene between Griffin and June is shot from the neck up because Greta Scacchi refused to shoot a nude scene after director Robert Altman asked. See more »

Goofs

At around 25'50" when Griffin is looking up Kahane's name in a registry, he finds 'Kalchime' on one page and then turns to the next page to find 'Kahane', despite it being an ostensibly alphabetically arranged book. 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

This film recorded digitally in a THX Sound System Theatre 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 »


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SNAKE
Written & Performed by Kurt Neumann
Copyright Lla-Mann Music
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Excellent Hollywood satire that succeeds in every way.
23 August 1999 | by Spider-52See all my reviews

For anyone who loves movies, "The Player" is a treat.

To start, the screenplay is first-rate. The plot that holds the entire film together is superbly crafted; very few films leave you guessing right to the end as this one does. The finer details also shine through, such as the sales pitch scenes, which are inarguably classic (i.e. "The Graduate II").

I loved the attention to detail in "The Player". One can find a new detail every time one watches the film. For example, the opening sequence is a very long, continuous shot during which characters are discussing Hitchcock's "Rope", which appears to be a movie filmed all in one continuous shot. The sheer number of cameos in "The Player" makes it difficult to list all of them, so I won't even try.

"The Player" is one film that sets out to skewer Hollywood and actually succeeds. One only has to view the Bruce Willis/Julia Roberts sequence in order to understand this. My hat goes off to Robert Altman for making another excellent film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$302,216, 12 April 1992

Gross USA:

$21,706,101

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,706,101
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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