The Player

The Player

DVD - 1997
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A celebrity-studded thriller of murderous obsession among Hollywood's glamorous elite.
Publisher: [United States?] : New Line Home Video, c1997.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780780618565
0780618564
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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keep in mind this is a criterion edition dvd. this means that the extra features thoroughly illuminate the film. and there are many. Cynthia Stevenson got the short end of the stick in this flick. obviously, I mean the character she played. I never heard, though, that she had much of a career after doing this altman film. she is so loveable here, and so much so that she's nigh unto adorable. so, what's a girl like her doing in a place as cold and ruthless as Hollywood is portrayed, here. Tim Robbins gets some mud on his dong (watch for it, all you incipient queers) ; but, I have to say, his characterization throughout is a consistent one, and he carries the theme, all on his lonesome, merely by the use of his reaction shots. Greta was much better in PRESUMED INNOCENT (also recommended by moi): the character she is asked to play is actually a fictional one within a fiction film (something Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts did in a film within the film, called HABEAS CORPUS. if you are a film buff, you should have this in your viewed section of your life. Ain't no CASABLANCA, nor a CITIZEN CANE, but how often are those made in history??

d2013 Jun 06, 2017

Not for everyone but I thought it was cleverly done.

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britprincess1ajax
Feb 02, 2017

A darkly comedic satire about the Hollywood film business, it was hard to get a feel for THE PLAYER. Half the time it wants to be hokey with its inside jokes and celebrity cameos and the other half it spends as a dark killer thriller in which a screenwriter harasses a studio exec until blind rage leads him to do the unthinkable. Good people get hurt and evil prevails in this discomforting flick. I really didn't enjoy it. There's no love-to-hate-him villain and the protagonist is not some adorable antihero to root for. None of the jokes made me smile. The plot seemed unbelievable and not in a good way. At times, it was downright boring. Perhaps I'm not a Robert Altman kind of girl, as this isn't the first time he disappointed me. (POPEYE, anyone?) I definitely wouldn't recommend THE PLAYER.

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TheeAvebury
Jul 04, 2016

One of Altman's best pictures- a delightful skewering of Hollywood.

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empbee
Mar 31, 2016

Good story, good actors and acting. A good satire.

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StarGladiator
Jul 24, 2015

Although a number of commenters evidently weren't thrilled with this flick, I thought it a very clever film, with wonderful acting by a top notch cast, and Tim Robbins and Greta Scacchi acted off each other superlatively! Reality plus droll makes for a fine film! [FYI: corporate executives, whether in the entertainment biz, or healthcare, or the so-called defense industry [munitions and armaments, et cetera] or retail, really are evil and diabolical and at war.]

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RaritanBay
May 05, 2015

I loved this movie the first time I saw it in the late nineties. But I don't think it has aged well. It opens with the famous tracking shot -- amusing, but no longer impressive to today's viewer. In 1997 I enjoyed seeing uber-famous actors playing themselves, and unknown actors playing the principal parts. Now the unknowns are famous (Vincent D'Onofrio) and some of the famous are nearly forgotten. So the script's device of fame recognition is off kilter.

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rslade
Sep 20, 2014

The ending is a bit icky, but just underlines how messed up Hollywood is.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 11, 2014

This comedy by veteran director Robert Altman poked fun at the ethics of Hollywood. It also has a great number of stars popping up, though briefly, here and there throughout the film. A good, lighthearted watch.

FER385 Sep 02, 2013

I totally disagree with ThelmaPickles review, as seen here dated Dec. 25, 2012. I loved this film when it first came out, and I loved it everytime I saw it on Cable movie channels, so much so that I have put in a request to borrow it from the NYPL so I can see it again. I was born into The Business, where the majority of my relatives worked in film, tv, or theatre, and I worked in film/tv for almost my entire life, to this date. Maybe that is why I can appreciate The Player so much.

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