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3.9
1,528 Ratings

The Player

Directed by Robert Altman
United States, 1992
Comedy, Thriller

Synopsis

A studio executive is being blackmailed by a writer whose script he rejected but which one? Loaded with Hollywood insider jokes.

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The Player Directed by Robert Altman

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1992 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1993 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

What are people saying?

  • José Neves's rating of the film The Player

    TV, re-rating. My previous irritation with its first-degree referencial structure has led me to devalue its intelligent construction into layers of progressively related and simultaneously autonomous readings, resulting in one of the most exciting and amoral revisions of the thriller of recent years, standing in dignity with some Billy Wider's films. The initial sequence-shot is an extraordinary example of this: ...

  • Jason's rating of the film The Player

    All these years later, I still find it a little difficult to fathom how Altman, having fallen so steadfastly from grace in the eyes of the industry by this point in his career, was able to populate this ribald corral. Satire about bankrupt values and the profit motive, and a comment on the concessions one has to make in Hollywood (its own "concessions" thus being its most stinging ironies). Kinda shockingly upbeat.

  • Maudy Puteri Agusdina's rating of the film The Player

    Mengapresiasi satir tentang peliknya industri film dan Hollywood ending (dan bertebaran cameo dimana-mana) tapi menyinggung sesuatu yang dangkal dengan menyampaikan hasil yang sama dangkalnya apa bedanya (i need more than just "menampilkan"). Plus, characters are not that interesting for me personally.

  • Ethan's rating of the film The Player

    Who better to make a movie about Hollywood then the man who thoroughly detested Hollywood? Robert Altman delivered a magnificent satirical and honest look at the Hollywood studio system. Tim Robbins is brilliant as the sleazy studio exec and the supporting players and countless cameos make this one of Altman's greatest achievements.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Player

    Is cinema imitating life or is it rather the contrary ? That's one of the themes handled here by Robert Altman. I saw it when it was theatrically released and the film aged very well. Happy endings are still Hollywood's trademark and studios are still run by uncultivated managers. In 50 years, films will only be seen in museums and movies in amusement parks. I don't care, I won't be here to be part of this future.

  • Guillermo Padilla's rating of the film The Player

    El planosecuencia inicial nos atrapa, una pelicula que habla del cochambre de hollywood. El cine en el cine. Tiene muy gratos momentos y la peculiaridad de ser un film con demasiados rostros conocidos. No es lo mejor de Altman pero sin duda se disfruta.

  • Aaron Dillenbeck's rating of the film The Player

    Loved the atmosphere of noir and the tounge in cheek humor. The cast really is a spectacle to behold and the pacing of the story never tires. Soundtrack was the unsung hero in this one though with the chaotic drum and jazz combination. It was excellent and an absolute classic.

  • AKFilmFan's rating of the film The Player

    "Suspense, laughter, violence, hope, heart, nudity, sex, happy endings. Mainly happy endings." Leave it to Altman to have a movie that reveals the Hollywood system but also contains the very things it despises. You can sense Altman's frustrations amidst the laid-back thriller elements. It may be overhyped as the 90's Sunset Boulevard & you may feel angry and awed at the end, but this prophetic film stays with you.