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The Player (Special Edition) (New Line Platinum Series)
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Actors: Robbins, Tim - Scacchi, Greta - Ward, Fred - Whoopi Goldberg. Director: Altman, Robert. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 123 mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Comedy. Subgenre: Drama. Release Year: 1992. When callous movie studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) starts receiveing anonymous death threats from a rejected screenwriter, his already shaky career begins to crumble. Finally, his desperation drives him to kill... but did he rub out the wrong writer. Relentlessly hounded by a street-wise detective (Whoopi Goldberg), Griffinn falls reckessly in love with the dead man's girlfriend (Greta Scacchi). Then the mysterious threats begin again-and Griffin is plunged into a plot more outrageous than any movie.
A wicked satirical fable about corporate backstabbing--and actual murder--in the movie business, The Player benefits from director Robert Altman's long and bitter experience working within, and without, the Hollywood studio system. Rising young executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is tormented by threats from an anonymous writer. The pressure and paranoia build until Griffin loses control one night and semi-accidentally kills screenwriter David Kahane (Vincent D'Onofrio), who may or may not be the source of the threats. From that point, Griffin's life and career begin to fall apart. In keeping with the ironic spirit of the film itself, Altman's scathingly funny attack on the moral bankruptcy of Hollywood was embraced by many of the same people it was intended to savage, and restored the director to commercial and critical favor. Michael Tolkin adapted the screenplay from his own novel, and the movie is studded with cameos by famous faces, many of whom appear as themselves. The digital video disc includes a commentary track with Altman and Tolkin, some deleted scenes, a documentary about Altman, and a key to help identify more than 50 of the picture's big-name cameos. --Jim Emerson
- Robert Altman-Featurette
- Five deleted scenes
- Guide to cameo appearances in the movie
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that we actually end up rooting for even though he`s a villain through the entire movie. Everyone else is great as well especially Whoopi Goldberg as a
hilarious detective. This is one of those movies inside of a movie inside of a movie. Some might find it dated due to being 1992 Hollywood but I also think
that anyone can admit that 1992 Hollywood was much better than Hollywood today. The Player`s script is fantastic and features one of my favorite scenes in film history when Tim Robbins gives his speech about the industry and the importance of great films at the awards show. If you`re a true film lover you will love The Player.
"The Player" opens with a very long continuous shot that is quite a technical achievement, yes, but also works in another way, to summarize Hollywood's state of mind in the early 1990s. Many names and periods are evoked: Silent pictures, foreign films, the great directors of the past. But these names are like the names of saints who no longer seem to have the power to perform miracles. The new gods are like Griffin Mill -- sleek, expensively dressed, noncommittal, protecting their backsides. Their careers are a study in crisis control. If they do nothing wrong, they can hardly be fired just because they never do anything right.
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