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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.
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Release Details

  • Duration:118 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Robert Altman
  • Screenwriter:Frank Barhydt, Robert Altman, Patricia Resnick
  • Cast:
    • Paul Newman
    • Vittorio Gassman
    • Fernando Rey
    • Bibi Andersson
    • Brigitte Fossey
    • Nina Van Pallandt
    • David Langton
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