• The Player (1992)

The Player

Release Date: 1992

DVD Release Date: July 16th, 1997

R |2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

Certain that the anonymous threats he's been receiving are the work of David Kahane (Vincent D'Onofrio), producer Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) tries to fix things over cocktails. Instead, Griffin ends up murdering the screenwriter and courting the dead man's girlfriend (Greta Scacchi). As police investigate, Griffin concentrates on a prestigious film that might reinvigorate his career. But he soon learns that David's demise hasn't been forgotten by everyone in Hollywood.

Cast: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio

Director: Robert Altman

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Avenue Pictures Productions

Keywords: Amusing , Pursuit , Transformation , Revenge , 1990s , Police station , Bar , Girlfriend , Playful , Investigation , Dark , Temptation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Remarkable also for the uniform excellence of its cast, and for the pleasure [Altman's] actors take in the wide berth he allows them. [24 Apr 1992]

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    What "M.A.S.H." did to service comedies, what "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" did to westerns, what "The Long Goodbye" did to detective pictures, The Player does the to Hollywood success story. [24 April 1992]

  • 100
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    This brilliant satire, styled as a murder mystery, is the best insider's view of Hollywood since "Sunset Boulevard." [15 Dec 1992, p.A16(E)]

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Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1993)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)