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


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

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Trivia

The lot that Griffin works on was the former site of Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. See more »

Goofs

In a tracking shot during the confrontation between Mill and the screenwriter, the camera and cameraman are reflected in the black paint of the SUV. 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 »

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Featured in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Begin Again
Music and lyrics by Robert Altman
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A meta and witty inside-joke, sardonically jabbing at the ribs of tinsel-town.
14 March 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'The Player (1992)' is a meta and witty inside-joke, jabbing at the ribs of tinsel-town in a cynical yet comedic way, and it manages to sardonically satirise the entire studio system, with a only little bit of self-aggrandising and perhaps an equal measure of self-deprecating. The picture isn't particularly funny, though it can cause some chuckles, but is instead the kind of sly smile inducing mockery that takes its time to dawn on you and isn't immediately obvious. It's this undercurrent that carries the flick much more than the main plot itself, so much so that the actual narrative becomes a part of the running gag as opposed to a vehicle for the individual jokes to spawn from. It's a unique, and somewhat acquired taste of a, film that's usually enjoyable and equally intelligent. 7/10


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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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