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Encyclopedia > The Player
The Player

original film poster
Directed by Robert Altman
Produced by David Brown
Michael Tolkin
Nick Wechsler
Written by Michael Tolkin (screenplay and novel)
Starring Tim Robbins
Fred Ward
Greta Scacchi
Whoopi Goldberg
Sydney Pollack
Lyle Lovett
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date(s) United States 3 April 1992 (premiere)
United States 10 April 1992 (theatrical release)
Running time 124 min.
Language English
Budget USD$8,000,000 (estimated)
IMDb profile

The Player (1992) is a movie that tells the story of Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), a Hollywood studio executive who believes he is being blackmailed by a screenwriter whose script he once rejected. It was directed by Robert Altman using a screenplay by Michael Tolkin based on his own novel. The movie's best known feature is its more than 60 cameo appearances by major Hollywood actors, producers and directors, all playing themselves. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (508x755, 68 KB)original movie poster source:www. ... For other people named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ... This is the movie producer David Brown David Browns, see David Brown. ... Michael Tolkin (born 1950) is an American filmmaker and novelist. ... Nick Wechsler as Kyle Valenti in Roswell Nick Wechsler (born September 3, 1978 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American actor best known for his role as Kyle Valenti in the Roswell television series. ... Michael Tolkin (born 1950) is an American filmmaker and novelist. ... Tim Robbins at Cannes, 2001 Timothy Francis Robbins (born October 16, 1958) is an American Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and small time musician. ... Ward in Miami Blues (1990) Frederick Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. ... Greta Scacchi (born February 18, 1960 in Milan, Italy) is a film actress. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson, November 13, 1955[1]), is an Academy Award, Daytime Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA and Grammy Award-winning American comedian, film actress and radio DJ. Although her father was a Protestant preacher, Goldberg says that her family is of mixed religious heritage - including... Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Fine Line Features was the speciality films division of New Line Cinema. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 3. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Tim Robbins at Cannes, 2001 Timothy Francis Robbins (born October 16, 1958) is an American Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and small time musician. ... ... A movie studio is a controlled environment for the making of a film. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... For other people named Robert Altman, see Robert Altman (disambiguation). ... A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Michael Tolkin (born 1950) is an American filmmaker and novelist. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...


The film, loaded with movie references and Hollywood insider jokes, is a critique of the Hollywood movie business, which treats artists poorly and sacrifices quality for commercial success. It might seem surprising that so many big Hollywood names agreed to play themselves in the film, but Altman himself admits that "it is a very mild satire" and it offended no-one.[1]


Altman had had his troubles with the Hollywood studio system in the '70s after a number of studio films (McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye) lost money or had trouble finding audiences despite the critical praise and cult adulation they received. Altman continued to work outside the studios in the late '70s and throughout the '80s, often doing small-budget projects or filmed plays to keep his hand in. The Player was a comeback to making films in Hollywood, although it was made for Fine Line Features rather than a major studio. It ushered in a new period of filmmaking for Altman, who continued on to an epic adaptation of Raymond Carver's short stories, Short Cuts (1993). Altman won a number of European best-director awards for The Player (the BAFTA, best director at the Cannes Film Festival) and he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe as best director (the film won the Golden Globe for best "comedy or musical"). Tolkin received an Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay. Fine Line Features was the speciality films division of New Line Cinema. ... Raymond Carver Raymond Clevie Carver, Jr. ... The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America. ...

Contents

Cast

Tim Robbins at Cannes, 2001 Timothy Francis Robbins (born October 16, 1958) is an American Academy Award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer, and small time musician. ... Greta Scacchi (born February 18, 1960 in Milan, Italy) is a film actress. ... Ward in Miami Blues (1990) Frederick Ward (born December 30, 1942) is an American actor. ... Whoopi Goldberg (born Caryn Elaine Johnson, November 13, 1955[1]), is an Academy Award, Daytime Emmy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, BAFTA and Grammy Award-winning American comedian, film actress and radio DJ. Although her father was a Protestant preacher, Goldberg says that her family is of mixed religious heritage - including... Peter Killian Gallagher (born August 19, 1955) is an American actor. ... Brion James (born February 20, 1945 in Redlands, California, died August 7, 1999 in Malibu, California) was an American character actor. ... Cynthia Stevenson as Joy Lass from Dead Like Me Cynthia Stevenson is an American actress born in Piedmont, California on 2 August 1962. ... Vincent Phillip DOnofrio (born June 30, 1959) is an American actor and producer. ... Dean Stockwell Dean Stockwell (born March 5, 1936 in North Hollywood, California) is an American actor who is best-known for his role as Admiral Albert Al Calavicci in the American TV series Quantum Leap. ... Richard E. Grant depicted as the unofficial Ninth Doctor. ... Sydney Pollack (born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ...

Cameos

This is a list of the Hollywood people who play themselves in the movie:

Steve Allen on the cover of Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American musician, comedian, and writer who was instrumental in innovating the concept of the television talk show. ... Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman in The Six Million Dollar Man Richard Anderson, born Richard Norman Anderson (8 August 1926) Long Branch, New Jersey, USA is an actor in film and television. ... René Murat Auberjonois (born June 1, 1940 in New York, New York) is an American actor best known for his early 1980s role as Clayton Endicott III on the television show Benson and his role as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Harold George Belafonte, Jr. ... Mrs Belafonte is an avid cigar smoker On the cover of Playboy, September 2000 Shari Belafonte (born September 22, 1954) is an American actress. ... Black in Five Easy Pieces, 1970 Karen Black (born July 1, 1939) is an Oscar-nominated American actress, screenwriter, singer and songwriter. ... Michael Bowen (born June 21, 1953 in Texas) is an American actor. ... Gary Busey in 1976. ... Robert Carradine as Lewis Skolnick Robert Carradine (born March 24, 1954) is an American actor. ... Cher[1] (born Cheryl Sarkisian LaPiere on May 20, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, author and all-around entertainer. ... James Coburn in Sam Peckinpahs Cross of Iron (1977). ... Cathy Lee Crosby as Wonder Woman, ABC 1974 Cathy Lee Crosby (born December 2, 1944) is an American actress. ... John Paul Cusack (born June 28, 1966) is an American film actor and writer, born in Evanston, Illinois to an Irish-Catholic family. ... Brad Davis (November 6, 1949 - September 8, 1991) American actor, was born in Tallahassee, Florida to Eugene Davis and Anne Creel, respected Southeners descended from Jefferson Davis. ... Paul Dooley (fore) as Enabran Tain in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine See Paul Dooley (Australian rules footballer) for the Western Bulldogs footballer. ... DVD cover of Columbo - The Complete First Season Peter Michael Falk (born September 16, 1927 in New York City) is an American actor. ... Katarzyna Figura (b. ... Louise Fletcher as Winn Adami on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Louise Fletcher (born July 22, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Dennis Franz (born Dennis Franz Schlacta, October 28, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is a German-American actor best known for his roles as Andy Sipowicz, a gritty police detective in the television series NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues and Beverly Hills Buntz. ... Teri Garr (born December 11, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio) is a United States actor. ... Leeza Gibbons (born March 26, 1957 in Hartsville, South Carolina) is an American talk show host. ... Image:Scott Glenn. ... Jeff Goldblum Jeffrey Lynn Jeff Goldblum (born October 22, 1952 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Whitaker, Pennsylvania) is an Academy Award nominated film actor, known for his often quirky, intense or comedic characters (often scientists), distinctive appearance (dark haired and lanky, and at 6 feet 4 inches (1. ... Elliot Gould on the cover page of TIME magazine. ... Joel Grey (born 11 April 1932 as Joel Katz in Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is a Jewish-American stage and screen actor. ... David Alan Grier (born at 11:55 PM on June 30, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comedian most famous for starring in television shows such as the Emmy Award winning In Living Color (1990–1994), Premium Blend (2001), Life with Bonnie (2002-2004) and DAG (2000–2001). ... Buck Henry (born December 9, 1930 in New York, New York as Buck Henry Zuckerman) is an American actor, writer and director, best known for his work in television, film, comedy, and satire. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Ireland on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Kathy Ireland (b. ... Steve James can refer to multiple people. ... Sally Claire Kellerman (born June 2, 1937 in Long Beach, California) is an American actress and singer most famous for her role as Major Margaret Hot Lips Houlihan in the film MASH (1970) for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. ... Sally Kirkland (born October 31, 1944) is an American actress. ... Jack Lemmon at Expo 1967. ... Marlee Matlin as Amanda in What the Bleep Do We Know Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress who is almost completely deaf. ... Andie MacDowell Rosalie Anderson Andie MacDowell (born April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina) is an American actress and former model. ... Malcolm McDowell (born June 13, 1943) is an English actor. ... Jayne Meadows (b. ... Martin Mull Martin Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, recording artist, and painter from Chicago. ... Nick Nolte at Cannes, 2000 Nicholas King Nolte (born February 8, 1941) is an Oscar-nominated American model, actor, and producer. ... Burt Reynolds in 2005 Burt Reynolds (born Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. ... Jack Riley (December 30, 1935—) is a comedic actor probably most recognizable as the irrascible character Elliot Carlin from Bob Newharts first TV sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show. ... Julia Roberts was born Julie Fiona Roberts on October 28, 1967. ... Mimi Rogers (born Miriam Spickler, January 27, 1956 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American movie actress and competitive poker player. ... Annie Ross (born 25 July 1930) is a jazz singer. ... Alan Rudolph (born 18 December 1943 in Los Angeles) is an American film director and screenwriter. ... Scott Shaw Scott Shaw, Ph. ... Jill St. ... Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Rod Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American actor. ... Joan Tewkesbury (born April 8, 1936 in Redlands, California, USA), is a film and television director, screenwriter, producer, and actress. ... Brian Keith Tochi (born May 2, 1959, in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor, screenwriter, movie director and producer. ... Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... Robert John Wagner (born February 10, 1930) is a popular American actor. ... Ray Walston Ray Walston (December 2, 1914 – January 1, 2001), was a stage, television, and film character actor who played the title character on the situation comedy My Favorite Martian and Judge Henry Bone on the drama series Picket Fences. ... Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955 as Walter Bruce Willis in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany) is an American actor and singer. ...

Trivia

  • Few of the cameos were planned for in advance. Since the movie was shot in Hollywood and in so many locations that Hollywood figures frequent, most of the cameos were just coincidences and their lines were improvised. Most of the actors with cameos received no payment.
  • The DVD edition of the film includes several deleted scenes, with more cameos from people such as Tim Curry. It also includes a director and writer audio commentary where they talk about the production of a television series, based on the film.
  • A TV spin-off was created and a pilot shot in 1997. However the pilot was never picked up. It starred Patrick Dempsey as Griffin Mill, Jennifer Garner & Jennifer Grey. (A clip of the unaired pilot can be found at jen.garner.net. Search for 'The Player').
  • The opening tracking shot lasts 8 minutes without a single camera break. It took 15 takes.

... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc, often incorrectly explained as Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Curry at a movie premier Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946) is an English actor, singer and composer perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). ...

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The Player (1992) (579 words)
And so, director Altman gives us "The Player", a film about a screen writing executive (well played by Tim Robbins) who listens to story ideas, and makes decisions about what you and I see, and don't see, at the local multiplex.
It's actually a weak premise, because in reality the business of screen writing is fairly bland, and the conflict, which exists mostly in people's heads, is fairly tame.
The best approach to "The Player" is to absorb the Tinseltown setting, and watch the characters as they maneuver for selfish advantage.
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