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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Tim RobbinsGriffin Mill
Greta ScacchiJune Gudmundsdottir
Fred WardWalter Stuckel
Whoopi GoldbergDetective Avery
Peter GallagherLarry Levy
Brion JamesJoel Levison
Cynthia StevensonBonnie Sherow
Vincent D'OnofrioDavid Kahane
Dean StockwellAndy Civella
Richard E. GrantTom Oakley
Sydney PollackDick Mellon
Lyle LovettDetective DeLongpre
Dina MerrillCelia
Angela HallJan
Leah AyresSandy
Paul HewittJimmy Chase
Randall BatinkoffReg Goldman
Jeremy PivenSteve Reeves
Gina GershonWhitney Gersh
Steve AllenHimself
Richard AndersonHimself
Rene AuberjonoisHimself
Harry BelafonteHimself
Shari BelafonteHerself
Karen BlackHerself
Michael BowenHimself
Gary BuseyHimself
Robert CarradineHimself
Charles ChamplinHimself
CherHerself
James CoburnHimself
Cathy Lee CrosbyHerself
John CusackHimself
Brad DavisHimself
Paul DooleyHimself
Peter FalkHimself
Felicia FarrHerself
Louise FletcherHerself
Dennis FranzHimself
Teri GarrHerself
Leeza GibbonsHerself
Scott GlennHimself
Jeff GoldblumHimself
Elliott GouldHimself
Joel GreyHimself
David Alan GrierHimself
Buck HenryHimself
Anjelica HustonHerself
Kathy IrelandHerself
Steve JamesHimself
Sally KellermanHerself
Sally KirklandHerself
Jack LemmonHimself
Marlee MatlinHerself
Andie MacDowellHerself
Malcolm McDowellHimself
Jayne MeadowsHerself
Martin MullHimself
Jennifer NashHerself
Nick NolteHimself
Alexandra PowersHerself
Bert RemsenHimself
Burt ReynoldsHimself
Jack RileyHimself
Julia RobertsHerself
Mimi RogersHerself
Annie RossHerself
Alan RudolphHimself
Susan SarandonHerself
Rod SteigerHimself
Brian TochiHimself
Lily TomlinHerself
Robert WagnerHimself
Ray WalstonHimself
Bruce WillisHimself
Marvin YoungHimself
Patrick SwayzeHimself

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Robert Altman
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 124 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 10, 1992
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 7, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 22, 1997
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