The Player

Release Date: 04 February 2008 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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Robert Altmans adaptation of Michael Tolkins 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). THE PLAYER is a vicious satire that exposes the Hollywood industry as fraudulent weak and shallow. Altmans film also sends up both the noir genre and filmmaking technique the latter notably in an extended opening shot which is a sprawling one-take that covers the studios entire lot and features a series of hysterical pitches by actual screenwriters including Buck Henry offering forth on his concept for THE GRADUATE 2. Bitter and electric THE PLAYER ends on an ironic upbeat note that perfectly concludes a stellar picture.

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Catalogue No: PHE9412