Griffin Mill, a studio script screener gets on the bad side of a writer by rejecting his pitch. The writer is sending him threatening postcards. Drawn into a web of blackmail and murder, Griffin must evade the police investigation that he caused. But he must also watch his back, because in Hollywood, there';;s always another person to take your place.
The Player, which Altman made after years of struggle, with all Hollywood fascination worn away, is Altman's dour version of Dante's Inferno. His satire forces us to realize the obscenity of Clinton-era corruption - once again.