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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 "Bruce Willis 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:April 3, 1992

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
New York Film Critics Circle Jean Lepine Best Cinematography 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Tolkin Best Adapted Screenplay 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Tolkin Best Screenplay 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Tolkin Best Adapted Screenplay 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Tolkin Best Picture 1993 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Robert Altman Best Director (Runner-up) 1992 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Robert Altman Best Director 1992 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Robert Altman Best Director 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Altman David Lean Award 1992 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert Altman Best Director 1992 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Robert Altman Best Director 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Altman Best Director 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Altman Best Picture 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tim Robbins Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1992 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Tim Robbins Best Actor 1992 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tim Robbins Best Actor 1992 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Geraldine Peroni Editing Award 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Geraldine Peroni Best Editing 1992 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Robert Altman
Director
Nick Wechsler
Producer
William S. Gilmore
Producer
Michael Tolkin
Producer
David Brown
Producer
Michael Tolkin
Screenwriter
Michael Tolkin
Book Author
Jean Lepine
Cinematographer
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Maysie Hoy
Editor
Geraldine Peroni
Editor
Stephen Altman
Production Designer
Jerry Fleming
Art Director
Scott Bushnell
Co-producer
David Levy
Associate Producer
Cary Brokaw
Executive Producer
Susan J. Emshwiller
Set Designer
Alexander Julian
Costume Designer
Lydia Tanji
Costume Designer
Deborah Larsen
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