December 3, 2023 | Rome, Italy

The Player

By |2018-03-21T18:30:28+01:00February 21st, 2004|Reviews|


Date: 1992

Director: Robert Altman

Starring: Tim Robbins, Greta Schacchi, Whoopi Goldberg


his is Robert Altman’s most accomplished film because it works outside his ensemble tradition and successfully targets his own establishment. His focus is Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), an amoral studio executive who does whatever it takes to bet on the right writers in Hollywood. His humdrum world is false promises and artifice. But when he turns down one particular script, the humdrum comes undone: murder and personal destruction follow. Altman’s mother-of-pearl Hollywood parable combines cutting insider knowledge with sleight-of-hand parody. In the cavalcade of actors and directors, it’s hard to know who doesn’t have a cameo in this movie, which makes its watching all the more the delightful. A love-hate masterpiece about movie-making with an haunting score by Thomas Newman.

About the Author:

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.