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The Player

Robert Altman

 
The Player (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1992
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #812

A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy, The Player, based on a novel by Michael Tolkin, functions as both a nifty stylish murder story and a commentary on its own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher, Whoopi Goldberg, Greta Scacchi, Dean Stockwell, Fred Ward) and a lineup of star cameos that make for an astonishing Hollywood who’s who. This complexly woven grand entertainment (which kicks off with one of American cinema’s most audacious and acclaimed opening shots) was the film that marked Altman’s triumphant commercial comeback in the early 1990s.

Cast

Griffin MillTim Robbins
June GudmundsdottirGreta Scacchi
Walter StuckelFred Ward
Detective AveryWhoopi Goldberg
Larry LevyPeter Gallagher
Joel LevisonBrion James
Bonnie SherowCynthia Stevenson
David KahaneVincent D’Onofrio
Andy CivellaDean Stockwell
Tom OakleyRichard E. Grant
Dick MellenSydney Pollack
Detective DeLongpreLyle Lovett
CeliaDina Merrill

Credits

DirectorRobert Altman
Produced byDavid Brown, Michael Tolkin and Nick Weschler
Screenplay byMichael Tolkin and based on his novel
Executive producerCary Brokaw
Coexecutive producerWilliam S. Gilmore
Director of photographyJean Lépine
Music byThomas Newman
Edited byGeraldine Peroni
Production designerStephen Altman
CoproducerScott Bushnell
Wardrobe designed byAlexander Julian
Associate producerDavid Levy

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 1992 featuring director Robert Altman, writer Michael Tolkin, and cinematographer Jean Lépine
  • Interview with Altman from 1992
  • New interviews with Tolkin, actor Tim Robbins, associate producer David Levy, and production designer Stephen Altman
  • Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1992 with cast and crew
  • Robert Altman’s Players, a short documentary about the shooting of the film’s fund-raiser scene
  • Map to the Stars, a gallery dedicated to the cameo appearances in the film
  • Deleted scenes and outtakes
  • The film’s opening shot, with alternate commentaries by Altman, Lépine, and Tolkin
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • More
  • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson

Film Essays

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The Screenplayer

By Sam Wasson May 24, 2016

In The Player, Robert Altman’s early nineties comeback film, the director brilliantly skewers Hollywood—getting all the details right, as only he could—while constructing his own kind of . . . Read more »

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Tim Robbins and Robert Altman’s Pact for The Player

May 27, 2016

Robert Altman’s Hollywood satire The Player (out now on Blu-ray and DVD) was the first of three collaborations between the iconic director and Academy Award–winning actor Tim Robbins, shortly . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28835id_381_thumbnail

The Screenplayer

By Sam Wasson May 24, 2016

In The Player, Robert Altman’s early nineties comeback film, the director brilliantly skewers Hollywood—getting all the details right, as only he could—while constructing his own kind of . . . Read more »


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