The 1992 movie titled "The Player" is about a studio executive being blackmailed by a movie screenwriter. When producer Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is certain that the anonymous threats he's been receiving are the actions of David Kahane (Vincent D'Onofrio), Griffin tries to fix things over cocktails. Instead, Griffin ends up murdering the aspiring screenwriter and courting the dead man's girlfriend (Greta Scacchi). As police investigate, Griffin concentrates on a prestigious film that might reinvigorate his career. But he soon learns that David's demise hasn't been forgotten by key people in Hollywood, CA.

"The Player" is a satirical black comedy that was directed by Robert Altman and written by Michael Tolkin. It is based on Tolkin's own 1988 novel with the same name. The film stars Robbins, D'Onofrio, and Scacchi, as well as featuring Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, and Cynthia Stevenson. The film was produced by Tolkin, David Brown, and Nick Wechsler. Distribution was conducted by Fine Line Features.

"The Player" has many film references and Hollywood in-jokes, with 65 celebrities making cameo appearances. Altman has stated that the film "is a very mild satire", offending no one. The film received three nominations at the 65th Academy Awards: Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing. It also won two Golden Globes, Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) and Best Actor (Comedy or Musical) for Tim Robbins.

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