February 14, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

The Player

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Tim Robbins, Vincent D'Onofrio, Peter Gallagher, Richard E. Grant, Brion James, Lyle Lovett, Sydney Pollack, Greta Scacchi, Rod Steiger, Cynthia Stevenson, Dean Stockwell, Fred Ward
guest performer
Steve Allen, Cher, James Coburn, John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, Burt Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Lily Tomlin, Bruce Willis
director
Robert Altman
author
Michael Tolkin
genre
Comedy, Drama

The Player, director Robert Altman’s new black comedy about the film industry, is all the rage of L.A.’s advance-screening circuit. Last month nearly every | studio bid for the distribution rights; the victor was New Line Cinema, which will release the movie in New York and L.A. on April 24. ”This is Bob’s best film since Nashville,” said TriStar Pictures chairman Mike Medavoy, and similar comments were widely heard. The Player, starring Tim Robbins (Jacob’s Ladder) as a paranoid film executive who’s stalked by a resentful screenwriter, offers the largest assembly of star cameos (more than 50, including Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts) in film history.

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