The Player

United States, 1992

Film
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A sharp critique of Hollywood greed and power, director Robert Altman hits nails on heads as this Faustian black comedy unfolds on the screen. This cynical story begins with Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), a smarmy young studio executive who is being threatened by a disgruntled and previously rejected screenwriter. Griffin decides to take the law into his own hands and accidentally kills the writer. Will he get away with it? Whoopi Goldberg is hilarious as the unconventional detective investigating the murder, Greta Scacchi is strange and seductive as the dead writer’s girlfriend and Peter Gallagher is truly slimy as the rising young star executive. The film also includes cameo appearances from sixty-five of Hollywood’s biggest names.

Credits

director

Robert Altman

co-producer

Nick Wechsler

Michael Tolkin

David Brown

production company

Avenue Pictures

Spelling International

Language

English

Duration

02:03:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39164

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion picture industry

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion picture industry - California - Los Angeles

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion picture industry - United States

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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