The Player

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New Line Cinema Released 1992

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Director:
Robert Altman (I)
Released:
1992
Rating:
R

The Player is the 1992 Hollywood satire film by legendary filmmaker Robert Altman (Gosford Park, Cookie's Fortune). The film darkly pokes fun at the ridiculousness of the movie making business by unfolding the story of a studio executive, Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins).Mill starts receiving death threats from a disgruntled writer because he has committed the ultimate no-no in Hollywood ' he promised a writer he would call him back, but never did. This is particularly funny because most of Mill's job is listening to ridiculous film pitches by writers like Alan Rudolph and Buck Henry. Now the trouble is trying to figure out which writer he could have rejected that is now coming after his life. The story all ends in murder and the unraveling of a career set amongst the busy, high-stress backdrop of the studio system. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and boast an all-star cast including Whoopi Goldberg, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Vincent D'Onofrio, Dean Stockwell, Lyle Lovett, and Sydney Pollack

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  • 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film is sublime entertainment, at once ticklish and suspenseful, cynical and sincere. By its very existence, Altman's comedy about the death of Hollywood lets you know that mov...

  • 90

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    So entertaining, so flip and so genially irreverent that it seems to announce the return of the great gregarious film maker whose "Nashville" remains one of the classics of the 197...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Even when Griffin has a heart of stone, Tim Robbins is lacking in the knid of ice-cold magnetism that allows a thorough bastard to hold the screen like nobody's business. [10 Apr 1...

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