The Player

The Player

DVD - 2016 | Two-DVD special edition.
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"I was just thinking what an interesting concept it is to eliminate the writer from the artistic process. If we could just get rid of these actors and directors, maybe we've got something here."--Griffin Mill. Griffin is a slick, successful film studio vice president whose primary duty is to listen to story pitches from a constant stream of writers. Like all Hollywood producers, he's always looking over his shoulder, and he thinks up-and-comer Larry Levy is after his job. Along with power lunches, corporate in-fighting, and bottom-line priorities, a mysterious someone--probably an ignored and angry screenwriter--has been leaving him threatening postcards. When he finally takes action, his cool aplomb deserts him, things go seriously sideways, and Griffin's world begins falling apart.


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Nov 29, 2018

Complex and still enjoyable after all these years.

Apr 10, 2018

It is one of the best films from director Robert Altman and one of the all-time great Hollywood satires. The Hollywood tells stories about every one in the Hollywood. It has all of the Hollywood movie elements, suspense, laughter, violence, hope, heart, nudity, sex and happy endings.
Tim Robbis has an owesome performance here.

Feb 08, 2018

A hauntingly depressing story about a Hollywood character who's totally self-absorbed, stressed out and amoral. Lots of cameos - you could spend the whole movie star-spotting - besides Whoopi Goldberg and Lyle Lovett as the police detectives.

keep in mind this is a criterion edition dvd. this means that the extra features thoroughly illuminate the film. and there are many. Cynthia Stevenson got the short end of the stick in this flick. obviously, I mean the character she played. I never heard, though, that she had much of a career after doing this altman film. she is so loveable here, and so much so that she's nigh unto adorable. so, what's a girl like her doing in a place as cold and ruthless as Hollywood is portrayed, here. Tim Robbins gets some mud on his dong (watch for it, all you incipient queers) ; but, I have to say, his characterization throughout is a consistent one, and he carries the theme, all on his lonesome, merely by the use of his reaction shots. Greta was much better in PRESUMED INNOCENT (also recommended by moi): the character she is asked to play is actually a fictional one within a fiction film (something Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts did in a film within the film, called HABEAS CORPUS. if you are a film buff, you should have this in your viewed section of your life. Ain't no CASABLANCA, nor a CITIZEN CANE, but how often are those made in history??

d2013 Jun 06, 2017

Not for everyone but I thought it was cleverly done.

britprincess1ajax Feb 02, 2017

A darkly comedic satire about the Hollywood film business, it was hard to get a feel for THE PLAYER. Half the time it wants to be hokey with its inside jokes and celebrity cameos and the other half it spends as a dark killer thriller in which a screenwriter harasses a studio exec until blind rage leads him to do the unthinkable. Good people get hurt and evil prevails in this discomforting flick. I really didn't enjoy it. There's no love-to-hate-him villain and the protagonist is not some adorable antihero to root for. None of the jokes made me smile. The plot seemed unbelievable and not in a good way. At times, it was downright boring. Perhaps I'm not a Robert Altman kind of girl, as this isn't the first time he disappointed me. (POPEYE, anyone?) I definitely wouldn't recommend THE PLAYER.

Jul 04, 2016

One of Altman's best pictures- a delightful skewering of Hollywood.

Mar 31, 2016

Good story, good actors and acting. A good satire.

Jul 24, 2015

Although a number of commenters evidently weren't thrilled with this flick, I thought it a very clever film, with wonderful acting by a top notch cast, and Tim Robbins and Greta Scacchi acted off each other superlatively! Reality plus droll makes for a fine film! [FYI: corporate executives, whether in the entertainment biz, or healthcare, or the so-called defense industry [munitions and armaments, et cetera] or retail, really are evil and diabolical and at war.]

May 05, 2015

I loved this movie the first time I saw it in the late nineties. But I don't think it has aged well. It opens with the famous tracking shot -- amusing, but no longer impressive to today's viewer. In 1997 I enjoyed seeing uber-famous actors playing themselves, and unknown actors playing the principal parts. Now the unknowns are famous (Vincent D'Onofrio) and some of the famous are nearly forgotten. So the script's device of fame recognition is off kilter.

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