Film, Science fiction

Time Out says

While certainly not one of Altman's most successful movies, this excursion into the sci-fi genre was unfairly criticised or neglected upon release. Set in a bleak landscape during a tough, inhospitable ice-age, it concerns a seal trapper (Newman) and his wife (Fossey) who wander into a strange, desolate city where they meet a group of people playing a mysterious game, for which the stakes gambled are life and death. Slow, humourless, and occasionally over-emphatic in its use of symbolism, it's nevertheless a fascinating film, which manages to work thanks to its absolute mastery of atmosphere.

By: GA


Release details

118 mins

Cast and crew

Robert Altman
Frank Barhydt, Robert Altman, Patricia Resnick
Paul Newman
Vittorio Gassman
Fernando Rey
Bibi Andersson
Brigitte Fossey
Nina Van Pallandt
David Langton
You may also like