Robert Altman

The Player

Altman’s acerbically funny portrait of modern Hollywood, packed with gags, movie allusions and star turns.

Image from The Player

USA 1992
Dir Robert Altman
With Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Peter Gallagher, Whoopi Goldberg
124min
Digital
Certificate 15

Acclaimed as a magnificent return to Hollywood, Altman’s film of Michael Tolkin’s novel embellishes the tale of a paranoid studio executive (Robbins), haunted first by hate-mail then by anxiety that discovery of a crime might ruin his career, with a wonderfully acerbic portrait of Tinseltown in all its moral, intellectual and creative vacuity. Packed with star cameos, it constantly reflects on its own artifice.