The Player 1992

The Player

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Bitingly cynical without succumbing to bitterness, The Player is one of the all-time great Hollywood satires -- and an ensemble-driven highlight of the Altman oeuvre.

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Certain that the anonymous threats he's been receiving are the work of David Kahane (Vincent D'Onofrio), producer Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) tries to fix things over cocktails. Instead, Griffin ends up murdering the screenwriter and courting the dead man's girlfriend (Greta Scacchi). As police investigate, Griffin concentrates on a prestigious film that might reinvigorate his career. But he soon learns that David's demise hasn't been forgotten by everyone in Hollywood.

Cast & Crew

Tim Robbins
Griffin Mill
Greta Scacchi
June Gudmundsdottir
Fred Ward
Walter Stuckel
Whoopi Goldberg
Detective Susan Avery
Brion James
Joel Levison
Dean Stockwell
Andy Civella
Michael Tolkin
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Cary Brokaw
Executive Producer
Michael Tolkin
Producer
David Brown
Producer
Thomas Newman
Original Music
Jean Lépine
Cinematographer
Maysie Hoy
Film Editor
Geraldine Peroni
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Critic Reviews for The Player

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for The Player

  • May 08, 2016
    Robert Altman uses his street cred to phone in a few favors, namely "will you be in my next film? You get to play yourself." There's a plot here, murder or something, some adultery, some lying, but it's way secondary to the taking of this over-an-hour-long Hollywood selfie that has so many cameos that you'll be wondering when a fresh face arrives onscreen if they're integral to the plot or simply another celeb strolling past the camera to wave at you. Behind the scenes, a idea for a film drama portraying "real life" is pitched, meant to have no stars in it at all to detract from focusing on the story. Guess what?
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2015
    Doesn't start off well, but overall well played.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2014
    Brilliantly constructed comedy drama, The Player is a richly detailed effort, one that has a well layered story that keeps you involved because you are left wondering how this will end. Hearing great things about the film, I gave a shot, but at times I felt like it was a bit overrated. The Player is far from a bad film and what we have here is a very good picture that combines effective storytelling with wonderful acting. I enjoyed the film, and felt it was well done, and it definitely kept you on the very edge of your seat despite the lack of truly entrancing storytelling. To me, this is a film that works well enough to make you think hard, and you get sense of that when you watch the film, but at the same time you wonder why the film has gotten so much praise. Tim Robbins is as usual in top form here and he acts quite well and he's a wonder to watch here on-screen. The Player is one of those movies that tend to be overhyped, but once you see it you are left wanting a bit more as well. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the film, but I simply didn't enjoy it as much as what everyone did. This is an engrossing picture, but there is a few times where the film could have been improved upon. Overall, this is well worth seeing, and it's a film that merits recommendations despite its flaws.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2012
    This film is one of the best Hollywood satires. Tim Robbins is the key here and working with Altman who ensures he has a strong character. Like most of Robert Altman films, he manages to lure a large ensemble of talented actors. The films opening shot is quite a well staged scene and allows the viewer to know the key players. I watched most of Altman's films prior to RT coming into existence so it will take some time to review all the filmmakers work, but I can assure you that The Player is right up there. If you're a film buff you'll really enjoy the in-jokes about the industry and that happy finale film within a film is hilarious. The film deserved more recognition and while it is loved by many, it hasn't hit that cult or masterpiece status it deserves. 06/06/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer

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