The Player

The Player

Director: Robert Altman Cast: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward

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Overview

Robert Altman takes a scalpel to Hollywood ethics in the 1990s (or the lack thereof) in his acidic satire The Player, adapted from Michael Tolkin's novel. (Tolkin also wrote the screenplay.) The film concerns a sleek and smooth Hollywood studio executive who starts receiving death threats from a disgruntled writer because he has committed the ultimate Hollywood sin -- he promised the writer he would call him back and he never did. This is particularly ironic because the studio executive, Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), is considered "writer-friendly," spending his days listening to pitches from such noted screenwriters as Buck Henry, who is pushing "The Graduate, Part II" and Alan Rudolph, who is hawking a Bruce Willis action film described as "Ghost meets The Manchurian Candidate." But The Player finds Griffin's comfortable life style in danger of collapse. He is trying to find a way to unload his girlfriend (Cynthia Stevenson) whose independence and intelligence make her a poor candidate for a trophy wife. More importantly, it seems that Larry Levy (Peter Gallagher), a slippery executive from Twentieth Century Fox, is angling for his job. And then there are those nasty postcards and faxes from a screenwriter threatening to kill him. Altman cast over 65 stars in cameo roles as texture for his scabrous tale.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2016
UPC: 0715515177115
Original Release: 1992
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:04:00
Sales rank: 13,822

Special Features

Audio commentary from 1992 featuring director Robert Altman, writer Michael Tolkin, and cinematographer Jean Lépine; Interview with Altman from 1992; New interviews with Tolkin, actor Tim Robbins, associate producer David Levy, and production designer Stephen Altman; Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1992 with cast and crew; Robert Altman's Players, a short documentary about the shooting of the film's fund-raiser scene; Map to the Stars, a gallery dedicated to the cameo appearances in the film; Deleted scenes and outtakes; The film's opening shot, with alternate commentaries by Altman, Lépine, and Tolkin; Trailers and TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Robbins Griffin Mill
Greta Scacchi June Gudmundsdottir
Fred Ward Walter Stuckel
Whoopi Goldberg Det. Susan Avery
Peter Gallagher Larry Levy
Brion James Joel Levison
Cynthia Stevenson Bonnie Sherow
Vincent D'Onofrio David Kahane
Dean Stockwell Andy Civella
Richard Grant Tom Oakley
Sydney Pollack Dick Mellen
Lyle Lovett Det. DeLongpre
Dina Merrill Celia
Angela Hall Jan
Leah Ayres Sandy
Paul Hewitt Jimmy Chase
Randall Batinkoff Reg Goldman
Jeremy Piven Steve Reeves
Gina Gershon Whitney Gersh
Frank Barhydt Frank Murphy
Mike E. Kaplan Marty Grossman
Kevin Scannell Gar Girard
Steve Allen Himself
Richard Anderson Himself
René Auberjonois Himself
Harry Belafonte Himself
Shari Belafonte Herself
Karen Black Herself
Michael Bowen Himself
Gary Busey Himself
Robert Carradine Himself
Charles Champlin Himself
Cher Herself
James Coburn Himself
Cathy Lee Crosby Herself
John Cusack Himself
Brad Davis Himself
Paul Dooley Himself
Thereza Ellis Herself
Peter Falk Himself
Felicia Farr Herself
Kashia Figura herself
Louise Fletcher Herself
Dennis Franz Himself
Teri Garr Herself
Leeza Gibbons Herself
Scott Glenn Himself
Jeff Goldblum Himself
Elliott Gould Himself
Joel Grey Himself
David Alan Grier Himself
Buck Henry Himself
Anjelica Huston Herself
Kathy Ireland Herself
Steve James Himself
Maxine John-James Herself
Sally Kirkland Herself
Jack Lemmon Himself
Marlee Matlin Herself
Andie MacDowell Herself
Malcolm McDowell Himself
Jayne Meadows Herself
Martin Mull Himself
Jennifer Nash Herself
Nick Nolte Himself
Alexandra Powers Herself
Bert Remsen Himself
Guy Remsen Himself
Patricia Resnick Herself
Burt Reynolds Himself
Jack Riley Himself
Julia Roberts Herself
Mimi Rogers Herself
Annie Ross Herself
Alan Rudolph Himself
Jill St. John Herself
Susan Sarandon Herself
Adam Simon Himself
Rod Steiger Himself
Joan Tewkesbury herself
Brian Tochi Himself
Lily Tomlin Herself
Robert Wagner Himself
Ray Walston Himself
Bruce Willis Himself
Marvin Young Himself
James Coburn Actor
Susan J. Emshwiller Detective Broom
Stephen James Actor
Margery Bond Witness
Brian Brophy Phil
Michael Tolkin Eric Schecter
Stephen Tolkin Carl Schecter
Natalie Strong Natalie
Peter Koch Walter
Pamela Bowen Trixie
Jeff Weston Rocco
Scott Shaw Himself (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Cary Brokaw Executive Producer
David Brown Producer
Scott Bushnell Co-producer
Susan J. Emshwiller Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Fleming Art Director
William S. Gilmore Producer
Maysie Hoy Editor
Alexander Julian Costumes/Costume Designer
Deborah Larsen Makeup
Jean Lepine Cinematographer
David Levy Associate Producer
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Geraldine Peroni Editor
John Pritchett Musical Direction/Supervision
Lydia Tanji Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Tolkin Producer,Screenwriter
Nick Wechsler Producer

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The Player 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Player is a masterpiece from start to finish. This is Robert Altman in his finest form, and the film works on so many levels a simple review cannot do it justice. Tim Robbins anchors a stellar cast, with great cameos by famous Hollywood actors playing themselves. Lyle Lovett is also great in a bit role. A must see!