The player

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 1997
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Adult DVDs DVD Pla #1730
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Collection  Adult DVDs
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Penn Hills Library Audio Visual DVD PLA
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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
Additional Information
Series New Line platinum series.
Subjects Motion picture industry -- United States -- Drama.
Murder -- Investigation -- Drama.
Comedy films.
Detective and mystery films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher [United States] :New Line Home Video,1997
Edition Widescreen version.
Contributors Altman, Robert, 1925-2006.
Tolkin, Michael.
Robbins, Tim, 1958-
Scacchi, Greta.
Ward, Fred, 1942-2022
Goldberg, Whoopi, 1955-
Gallagher, Peter, 1955-
James, Brion, 1945-1999.
Stevenson, Cynthia, 1962-
Newman, Thomas, 1955-
Fine Line Features.
Avenue Pictures.
Spelling Entertainment Inc.
New Line Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson.
Other Contributors 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.
Audience Rated R.
Language English
Includes English and French language tracks, with optional English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Notes 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.
System Details DVD; Dolby Digital; Region 1.
Description 1 DVD (124 min.) : sound, color, double sided ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0780618564
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