The Player (1992)

ROBERT ALTMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1992, , .  Screenplay by , based on his novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Michael Tolkin, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Robert Altman’s most popular film in years pokes extremely good fun at the immoral nature of moviemaking. Tim Robbins is brilliant as a soulless studio executive who, between rounds of turning down script pitches from oddball writers, is being harassed by violently-worded messages being sent to him by a scribe whose career he apparently ruined. He tries to seek the culprit out, and in doing so takes us into the labyrinthine world of Hollywood, where movie stars lurk around every corner (the number of celebrity cameos is enormous) and life truly imitates art.  is excellent as his ice queen lover, while Whoopi Goldberg is hilarious as a police inspector who suspects Robbins of a heinous crime. Michael Tolkin has adapted his novel to the screen with plenty of wit, humour and intelligence, though the movie will have too negative a tone for some.

The Criterion Collection:  #812

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Director (Robert Altman); Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Film Editing

Cannes Film Festival Awards:  Best Actor (Tim Robbins); Best Director (Robert Altman)

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Tim Robbins)
Nominations: Best Director (Robert Altman); Best Screenplay

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