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Author: Robert AltmanWilliam S GilmoreCary BrokawMichael TolkinDavid BrownAll authors
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
Series: Criterion collection (Blu-ray discs), 812.
Edition/Format:   Bluray Video : Videodisc : Blu-ray disc   Visual material : English : Blu-ray special editionView all editions and formats
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"I was just thinking what an interesting concept it is to eliminate the writer from the artistic process. If we could just get rid of these actors and directors, maybe we've got something here."--Griffin Mill. Griffin is a slick, successful film studio vice president whose primary duty is to listen to story pitches from a constant stream of writers. Like all Hollywood producers, he's always looking over his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dark comedy films
Crime films
Detective and mystery films
Film adaptations
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Altman; William S Gilmore; Cary Brokaw; Michael Tolkin; David Brown; Nick Wechsler; Tim Robbins; Greta Scacchi; Fred Ward; Whoopi Goldberg; Peter Gallagher; Brion James; Cynthia Stevenson; Vincent D'Onofrio; Dean Stockwell; Richard E Grant; Dina Merrill; Angela Hall; Lyle Lovett; Sydney Pollack; Jean Lépine; Geraldine Peroni; Thomas Newman; Avenue Pictures,; Spelling Entertainment Inc.,; Addis-Wechsler (Firm),; Criterion Collection (Firm),
ISBN: 9781681431529 1681431521
OCLC Number: 946446532
Language Note: In English; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH).
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1992.
Based on the novel by Michael Tolkin.
Special features: New 4K digital restoration; Audio commentary from 1992 featuring director Robert Altman, writer Michael Tolkin, and cinematographer Jean Lepine; The film's opening shot with alternate commentaries by Altman, Lépine, and Tolkin; Trailers and TV spots; Interview with Altman from 1992; New interviews with Tolkin, actor Tim Robbins, associate producer David Levy, and production designer Stephen Altman; Cannes Film Festival press conference from 1992 with cast and crew; Robert Altman's Players: a short documentary about the shooting of the film's fund-raiser scene; Map to the Stars: a gallery dedicated to the cameo appearances in the film; Deleted scenes and outtakes. Insert includes essay "The Screenplayer" by film critic Sam Wasson.
Credits: Director of photography, Jean Lépine ; edited by Geraldine Peroni ; music by Thomas Newman; production designer, Stephen Altman ; wardrobe designed by Alexander Julian.
Cast: Tim Robbins (Griffin Mill), Greta Scacchi (June Gudmundsdottir), Fred Ward (Walter Stuckel), Whoopi Goldberg (Detective Avery), Peter Gallagher (Larry Levy), Brion James (Joel Levison), Cynthia Stevenson (Bonnie Sherow), Vincent D'Onofrio (David Kahane), Dean Stockwell (Andy Civella), Richard E. Grant (Tom Oakley), Dina Merrill (Celia), Angela Hall (Jan), Lyle Lovett (Detective DeLongpre), Sydney Pollack (Dick Mellen).
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Rated R for language, nudity, some sexuality.
Description: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert.
Details: Blu-ray; region A; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) presentation; 2.0 surround; requires Blu-ray player.
Series Title: Criterion collection (Blu-ray discs), 812.
Other Titles: Player (Motion picture : 1992)
Responsibility: Avenue Pictures in association with Spelling Entertainment presents ; a David Brown/Addis-Wechsler production ; a Robert Altman film ; co-executive producer, William S. Gilmore ; executive producer, Cary Brokaw ; screenplay by Michael Tolkin ; produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler ; directed by Robert Altman.

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"I was just thinking what an interesting concept it is to eliminate the writer from the artistic process. If we could just get rid of these actors and directors, maybe we've got something here."--Griffin Mill. Griffin is a slick, successful film studio vice president whose primary duty is to listen to story pitches from a constant stream of writers. Like all Hollywood producers, he's always looking over his shoulder, and he thinks up-and-comer Larry Levy is after his job. Along with power lunches, corporate in-fighting, and bottom-line priorities, a mysterious someone--probably an ignored and angry screenwriter--has been leaving him threatening postcards. When he finally takes action, his cool aplomb deserts him, things go seriously sideways, and Griffin's world begins falling apart.

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