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The Player

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Original title
The Player
Running time
123 min.
United States United States
Michael Tolkin (Play: Michael Tolkin)
Thomas Newman
Jean Lépine
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Fine Line Features / Spelling Entertainment / Avenue Pictures
Comedy. Mystery. Drama | Film In Film. Satire. Black Comedy
Synopsis / Plot
Robert Altman's adaptation of Michael Tolkin's novel gives the notorious director a chance to address perhaps his greatest nemesis: the Hollywood studio system. Disguised as a thriller, the film assembles virtually every famous actor in Hollywood to create an exhilarating blend of real life and fiction. Tim Robbins plays Griffin Mill, a studio executive who begins to fear for his job when upstart Larry Levys (Peter Gallagher) name becomes a hot topic on the lot. After receiving threatening postcards from an unidentified writer, Griffin tracks down David Kahane (Vincent DOnofrio), who he thinks is the guilty party. The two argue, with disastrous results. Later, as Griffin struggles to keep his job while trying to distance himself from the law, he finds himself falling in love with Kahanes mysterious girlfriend (Greta Scacchi).
1992: 3 Nominations for Oscar: Best Director, Editing, Adapted Screenplay
1992: 2 Golden Globes: Best Movie: Comedy or Musical, Actor Comedy (Tim Robbins)
1992: 2 BAFTA Awards: Best Director and Adapted Screenplay. 5 Nominations
1992: 2 Awards in el Cannes Film Festival: Best Director, Actor. 3 Nominations
1992: César Awards: Nominated to Best Foreign Language Picture
1992: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film, Director & Cinematography. 4 Nom.
1992: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: 3 Nominations, including Best Film
1992: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Film
1992: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Director & Best Screenplay. 4 Nominations
1992: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1992: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
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