|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies|
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
|Series||New Line platinum series.|
Motion picture industry
-- United States
Murder -- Investigation -- Drama.
Detective and mystery films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [United States] :New Line Home Video,1997
Robbins, Tim, 1958-
Ward, Fred, 1942-2022
Goldberg, Whoopi, 1955-
Gallagher, Peter, 1955-
James, Brion, 1945-1999.
Stevenson, Cynthia, 1962-
Newman, Thomas, 1955-
Fine Line Features.
Spelling Entertainment Inc.
New Line Home Video (Firm)
Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson.
Director of photography, Jean Lepine; production designer, Stephen Altman; editor, Geraldine Peroni; music, Thomas Newman; co-executive producer, William S. Gilmore; executive producer, Cary Brokaw.
Includes English and French language tracks, with optional English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Title from container.
Based on the novel by Michael Tolkin.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1992.
Special features: the cast, the cameo players, Robert Altman/Michael Tolkin commentary, Robert Altman featurette, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer.
DVD; Dolby Digital; Region 1.
1 DVD (124 min.) : sound, color, double sided ; 4 3/4 in.