The Player

Synopsis: Events in the life of a Hollywood studio executive, unfold with the same unrealistic positive coincidences ultimately culminating to a 'happy-ending' - much like the movie scripts he works day in and out with, after he accidentally murders someone.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: Fine Line Features
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 29 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min

- I love that. It's a great film.

It's an art movie. It doesn't count.

We're talking about movie movies.

Jesus, people.

I'm just saying there's time

and money to be saved...

...if we came up with these stories

on our own.

- Where are these stories coming from?

- Anywhere. It doesn't matter.

The newspaper.

Pick any story.

'Immigrants protest budget cuts

in literacy program. '

Human spirit overcoming human adversity.

Sounds like Horatio Alger in the barrio.

Put Jimmy Smits in it and you've got

a sexy Stand and Deliver.

- Next. Come on.

- This isn't my field.

It doesn't matter. Give it a shot.

You can't lose here.

How about 'Mud slide kills 60

in slums of Chili'?

That's good. Triumph over tragedy.

Sounds like a John Boorman picture.

Slap a happy ending on it,

the script will write itself.

- Bonnie. Give me the paper.

- I don't know, Larry.

Give it a shot.

'Further bond losses

push Dow down 7.15.'

- I see Connery as Bond.

- That's funny.

It's a good thing Oliver Stone wasn't

listening to you. Where would we be?

We would have been spared

sitting through Wall Street.

- What did Wall Street do worldwide?

- 70, 75, maybe 80.

$80 million,

a couple Oscars.

I think Larry's point is well taken.

Let's move on.

Can you give us an update

on the Taylor-Hackford project?



I was thinking what

an interesting concept it is... eliminate the writer

from the artistic process.

If we can get rid of the actors and

directors, maybe we've got something.

Hello, Walter.

Make yourself at home.

Mr. Mill, I understand you were late

coming in this morning.

You all right?

I'm fine.

I appreciate your concern.

What can I do for you?

Don't tell me you came here

to pitch me a story?

That's exactly what I've come to do.

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Michael Tolkin

Michael L. Tolkin (born October 17, 1950) is an American filmmaker and novelist. He has written numerous screenplays, including The Player (1992), which he adapted from his novel of the same name (1988), and for which he received the Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay (1993). The Return of the Player, followed (2006). more…

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