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7162PLAYER, THE*PLAYER, THE*1992color124 minlaserdisc (Directed by Robert Altman, screenplay by Michael Tolkin from his novel of the same name; with Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James) This is a movie about Hollywood--hilarious and heartless in equal measure, and often at the same time. It is about an industry that is run like an exclusive rich boy's school, where all the kids are spoiled and most of them have ended up here because nobody else could stand them. Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is capable of humiliating a waiter who brings him the wrong mineral water. He is capable of murder. He is not capable of making a movie, but if a movie is going to be made, it has to get past him first. This is Altman's film about the movie industry and about the way we live now, in a world where the top executives of many industries are cut off from the real work of their employees and exist in a rarefied atmosphere of greedy competition with one another. (Letterboxed) [Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)