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140 Ratings


Directed by Robert Altman
United States, 1979
Drama, Fantasy


During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called “Quintet.” For one small group, this obsession is not enough; they play the game with living pieces … and only the winner survives.

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Quintet Directed by Robert Altman

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Quintet

    Something really went wrong here but if, like me, you are a huge fan of Robert Altman AND Paul Newman, you will have to check it out for yourself....

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Quintet

    Supremely underrated Altman. A very prophetic film; one whose dystopian visions of natural disaster, climate change, human greed, & the extinction of our species (or all species), are most relevant. If us humans dont get our shit together, we could all be living in Quintet-land! I don't know about you but I don't want to spend my last days playing a silly board game in -50 F waiting to get stabbed! Your move humanity

  • Ethan's rating of the film Quintet

    This is by far Altman's strangest and most ambitious film. I just wish I knew what he was on when he came up with this concept that is based off of a board game Altman created. Altman got away with more shit than most ever will again.

  • E's rating of the film Quintet

    The coincidences of life, to allow this American production to be released in the same year as the Soviet production of Tarkovsky's Stalker. Both express the same fears in different ways, chief among them being the spiritual death of humankind in a post-apocalyptic setting. Altman was pessimistic with Quintet, whereas Tark was always an optimist. Both films are masterpieces. 'Nuff said.

  • Joel's rating of the film Quintet

    The main flaw at the heart of this film is that it is based on a board game, that Altman made up, and besides all the rather elegant smoke and mirrors at the heart of this film is quite the hollow. Hell, just put the button on mute and watch away and make up your own plot line.

  • redux's rating of the film Quintet

    Snow takes over, and people have nothing better to do than drink, erm, 'booza' and play a table game version of the Russian roulette. In knitted Renaissance hats. The worst of Altman and Sci-Fi, in one disposable package.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Quintet

    Dans un futur glaciaire, Essex, chasseur de phoques, retourne avec sa femme dans son village natal. Tout y est régi désormais par un jeu sibyllin et meurtrier : le quintet ..... Etonnant !

  • Luca Soldati's rating of the film Quintet

    La trama è eccessivamente criptica, ma sul finale risulta interessante. Personaggi interessanti, con un buon Gassman e con un protagonista carismatico. I significati del Quintet sono molti, simboleggiando la vita in quella realtà. L'intelligenza è utilizzata per seguire la legge del più forte. Regia molto buona anche se non riesce bene a sfruttare la trama. Fotografia e messa in scena molto belle e affascinanti

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