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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, a who's who of Hollywood
One of my favourite films of the 90's, clever isnt the word. Tim Robbins excells as Hollywood executive Griffin Mill, who gets himself in hot water when dealing with a writer. To make things worse it looks like his job is up for grabs as there are changes happening within his studio. Things dont look good. Someone is out to get him but who..? The Player is packed full of...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.Misleading description.
This is a top notch 5 stars movie. But i was greatly disapointed to see there is no commentary by Robert Altman on the DVD as it says in the "On the DVD" description. This is a clear mis-representation of the product!
Published on 12 April 2011 by ReservoirDawg


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, a who's who of Hollywood, 19 Feb 2008
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This review is from: The Player [DVD] (DVD)
One of my favourite films of the 90's, clever isnt the word. Tim Robbins excells as Hollywood executive Griffin Mill, who gets himself in hot water when dealing with a writer. To make things worse it looks like his job is up for grabs as there are changes happening within his studio. Things dont look good. Someone is out to get him but who..? The Player is packed full of real stars and real screenwriters where brought in to pitch films. Many brilliant performances from Richard E Grants elaborate pitches to Whoppi Goldbergs crafty detective. The in-jokes come thick and fast. All in all, a top notch thriller from Robert Altman. My only criticism is i hoped the new dvd would have better extras. Dont let that put you off though. Top film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Black Comedy & Essay on Hollywood, 18 July 2007
This film is very enjoyable. There's so much there, you gotta watch it several times to enjoy all the lovingly subtle stuff in the background.

There's a thriller in there with the story of a stalker--life and death.

But the best bit is the in-joke about Hollywood, movie-making and those that straddle the business which is supposed to be artistic, but has been taken over by accountants and money-grubbing executives.

Enjoy the cameos, the clever bits, the story & the message. I sure did.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius satire from Robert Altman, 19 Jun 2001
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Based on an original novel by Michael Tolkin, Robert Altman's respose to Hollywood and all its pretences is a modern classic. The tone is consistently ironic throughout the film, yet The Player manages to succeed as a terse and involved thriller, not only a personal reflection of the treachery and immorality; falsity and inhumanity, of the world of movies. The Player is predominantly a story of studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), and his demise from the most sought after Hollywood executive to a man plagued by his own prosperity. The film opens with an eight minute single-shot scene that establishes the glory of Altman's direction, and the film offers over 60 cameos, including Susan Sarandon, Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts, that only increase the satire. Through the course of the film, Altman manages to challenge not only his audience's conscience and morality, but also their perceptions of Hollywood. As Griffin Mill receives death threats, he is forced to decide how to react, and when he tries to find who has been torturing him, it leads only to more calamity. In a stunning third act and shocking denouement, Altman reveals one of the most inspired and exciting films of the 1990s. The Player includes, as well as numerous cameos from Hollywood actors, a wonderful performance from Robbins as a tortured and confused executive searching for answers; a suitably bizarre Whoopi Goldberg as a police officer; and an ironic, knowing rendition of the struggling screenwriter by Richard E. Grant. The Player is truly a monumental achievement. Robert Altman has succeeded in creating an involved, humorous film that manages to question the nature of the film industry, its role in today's society, and its implications for all those who have ever called themselves a fan of the silver screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,darkly comic work of genius from Robert Altman., 19 Dec 2010
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This film is one of the best hollywood satires ever made a must buy for any movie lover.
Tim robbins is a movie executive who screenwriters come to to get there scripts made into films when he starts recieving death threats from a screenwriter he turned down in the past his life takes a dramatic turn for the worst.
The thriller plot is great but conversations about films overheard in the background of the film are partly what makes this a very intresting film to watch again and again.
Tim robbins charecter is cooly played in what i believe is his best film.
if you dont watch this film you lose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A near perfect satire, 26 Aug 2010
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This is full of great moments, great shots, great humor. It's almost a truly great film. But the few moments it gets too smug and/or cartoony for it's own good take a tiny something away from the 90% of the time it brilliantly walks the thin, nearly impossible line of perfect satire. When it tries to be funny, it pushes a little hard. But when it just observes the absurdity with a clinical, `this isn't too far from reality' eye, it's quite amazing. Even with it's minor flaws, a terrific film, and a must see film for any Altman fan - or film fan for that matter. The opening shot alone is worth the movie!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.Misleading description., 12 April 2011
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This is a top notch 5 stars movie. But i was greatly disapointed to see there is no commentary by Robert Altman on the DVD as it says in the "On the DVD" description. This is a clear mis-representation of the product!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the bad guy finally win?, 24 Feb 2004
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'The Player' is a rare film that has very little violence but is quite excellent, eliminating the need for any such action. The story is intriguing and very entertaining but it is the performance by Tim Robbins that makes the film come to life. Director Robert Altman has made some good choices concerning script, cinematography and suspense which add up to make an extremely interesting piece of cinema. All of the actors are on top form with some entertaining cameos from several well known performers (e.g. Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts).
The fundamental story behind this thriller is that of a studio director who receives threatening letters. One thing leads to another and the plot progresses into a fascinating tale of murder. I don't want to give any more of the storyline away but it develops very well. Tim Robbins is, however, what makes this film brilliant. His perfect performance as the cold studio director is incredibly convincing and his facial expressions are stunning. Add to this the fine story and wonderful script and you have a marvellous 5 star film.
This is a must buy DVD if you are a fan of thrillers and even those who aren't should seriously consider the purchase. I would definitely recommend this DVD to anyone.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! BUY THE OTHER EDITON FOR EXTRAS, 31 July 2011
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The Amazon listing states this dvd features a commentary w/Robert Altman & michael Tolkin, however i enquired this with a seller and there is none on this dvd edition(there is also now another review featuring a complaint). I just bought and watched the other earlier edition(w/original Tim Robbins poster as front cover) and all special features are present, the commentary is very good as is the 16 min featurette(a one on one w/Altman), i even like the trailer(it uses the music to great effect). Also worth mentioning is the picture quality, which is excellent. So if special features aren`t your cup of tea then buy this but you can probably pick the other edition up cheaper as i did. My rating for the film is 4 stars(maybe even 4.5), it would definately be in my Altman top ten maybe even top five.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen worse, 5 July 2014
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Only alright
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, 8 May 2014
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This movie - you can call a movie about the movie industry combined with some great crime, and it is also funny... so if you like a movie with alot of movie references this is the movie for you.
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