THE PLAYER (15)
D: Robert Altman
Guild/Avenue (David Brown, Michael Tolkin & Nick Wechsler)
W: Michael Tolkin [based on his novel]
DP: Jean Lepine
Ed: Geraldine Peroni
Mus: Thomas Newman
PD: Stephen Altman
Tim Robbins (Griffin Mill), Greta Scacchi (June Gudmondsdottir), Fred Ward (Walter Stuckel), Whoopi Goldberg (Avery), Peter Gallagher (Larry Levy), Brion James (Joel Levinson), Cynthia Stevenson (Bonnie Sherow), Vincent D'Onofrio (David Kahane), Dean Stockwell (Andy Civelia), Richard E. Grant (Tom Oakley)
A belligerent studio executive receives death threats from a screenwriter whose script he rejected, but finds it difficult to determine which one.
For a film buff, this is the ultimate black comedy, filled to the brim with wily Hollywood in-jokes, celebrity cameos and even a film within a film. It might not be appreciated by a more mainstream crowd, but those who understand filmmaking will thoroughly enjoy it, especially the ending which is a stroke of screenwriting and filmmaking genius.