The Player [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1992]

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Special Features

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

Synopsis

The Player
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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tim Robbins
    Tim Robbins - Griffin Mill
  • Greta Scacchi
    Greta Scacchi - June Gudmundsdottir
  • Fred Ward
    Fred Ward - Walter Stuckel
  • Whoopi Goldberg
    Whoopi Goldberg - Det. Susan Avery
  • Peter Gallagher
    Peter Gallagher - Larry Levy

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