The Player

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(out of 5)


Robert Altman’s most popular film in years pokes extremely good fun at the immoral nature of moviemaking.  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  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.


USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his novel

Cinematography by

Produced by , Michael Tolkin,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1992

The Criterion Collection


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Directing (Robert Altman)
Best Film Editing (Geraldine Peroni)
Best Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Michael Tolkin)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Tim Robbins)

Nominations
Best Director (Robert Altman)
Best Screenplay (Michael Tolkin)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Director (Robert Altman)
Best Cinematographer (Jean Lepine)

Nomination
Best Screenplay (Michael Tolkin)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Pollack)
Best Director (Robert Altman)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Director (Robert Altman)
Best Screenplay (Michael Tolkin)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

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

Writers Guild Award
Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Robert Altman)

Independent Spirit Award
Best Feature

British Academy Awards
Best Direction (Robert Altman)
Best Screenplay – Adapted

Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Tim Robbins)
Best Editing

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Director (Robert Altman)


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