Robert Altman

Robert Bernard Altman was an American film director and screenwriter known for making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized perspective. In 2006, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized his body of work with an Academy Honorary Award. His films MASH, Nashville and McCabe and Mrs. Miller have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

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3 Women (1977)

An awkward young teen working at a spa becomes overly attached to her fellow worker, a lonely outcast. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. Amid emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade one another's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Shelley Duvall  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Janice Rule  •  Robert Fortier

An awkward young teen working at a spa becomes overly attached to her fellow worker, a lonely outcast. They hang out at a bar owned by a strange pregnant artist and her has-been cowboy husband. Amid emotional crises, the three woman steal and trade one another's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Shelley Duvall  •  Sissy Spacek  •  Janice Rule  •  Robert Fortier

A Perfect Couple (1979)

Offbeat but endearing romantic comedy about unlikely match-up (by computer dating) of straitlaced Dooley, under the thumb of overbearing father, and singer Heflin, whose life is wrapped up with her familial rock group.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Dooley  •  Marta Heflin  •  Titos Vandis  •  Belita Moreno

Offbeat but endearing romantic comedy about unlikely match-up (by computer dating) of straitlaced Dooley, under the thumb of overbearing father, and singer Heflin, whose life is wrapped up with her familial rock group.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Dooley  •  Marta Heflin  •  Titos Vandis  •  Belita Moreno

A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marylouise Burke  •  Woody Harrelson  •  L. Q. Jones  •  Tommy Lee Jones

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marylouise Burke  •  Woody Harrelson  •  L. Q. Jones  •  Tommy Lee Jones

A Wedding (1978)

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Muffin's wedding to Dino Corelli is to be a big affair. Except the ageing priest isn't too sure of the ceremony, only the families actually turn up as the Corelli Italian connection is suspect, security guards watch the gifts rather over-zealously, and Dino's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Desi Arnaz Jr.  •  Geraldine Chaplin  •  Howard Duff

Brewster McCloud (1970)

Brewster is an owlish, intellectual boy who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome. He has a dream: to take flight within the confines of the stadium. Brewster tells those he trusts of his dream, but displays a unique way of treating others who do not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Bud Cort  •  Sally Kellerman  •  Michael Murphy  •  William Windom

Brewster is an owlish, intellectual boy who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome. He has a dream: to take flight within the confines of the stadium. Brewster tells those he trusts of his dream, but displays a unique way of treating others who do not ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Bud Cort  •  Sally Kellerman  •  Michael Murphy  •  William Windom

Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

Buffalo Bill plans to put on his own Wild West sideshow, and Chief Sitting Bull has agreed to appear in it. However, Sitting Bull has his own hidden agenda, involving the President and General Custer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Joel Grey  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Kevin McCarthy

Buffalo Bill plans to put on his own Wild West sideshow, and Chief Sitting Bull has agreed to appear in it. However, Sitting Bull has his own hidden agenda, involving the President and General Custer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Joel Grey  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Kevin McCarthy

California Split (1974)

Carefree single guy Charlie Waters rooms with two lovely prostitutes, Barbara Miller and Susan Peters, and lives to gamble. Along with his glum betting buddy, Bill Denny, Charlie sets out on a gambling streak in search of the ever-elusive big payday. While Charlie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  George Segal  •  Elliott Gould  •  Ann Prentiss  •  Gwen Welles

Carefree single guy Charlie Waters rooms with two lovely prostitutes, Barbara Miller and Susan Peters, and lives to gamble. Along with his glum betting buddy, Bill Denny, Charlie sets out on a gambling streak in search of the ever-elusive big payday. While Charlie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  George Segal  •  Elliott Gould  •  Ann Prentiss  •  Gwen Welles

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Cher  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Karen Black  •  Sudie Bond

The Disciples of James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated lives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Cher  •  Sandy Dennis  •  Karen Black  •  Sudie Bond

Fool for Love (1985)

A woman is waiting in a motel for her boyfriend, when an old flame turns up and tries to take her back to the life she is trying to leave behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Kim Basinger  •  Sam Shepard  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Randy Quaid

A woman is waiting in a motel for her boyfriend, when an old flame turns up and tries to take her back to the life she is trying to leave behind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Kim Basinger  •  Sam Shepard  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  Randy Quaid

Gosford Park (2001)

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In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

In 1930’s England, a group of pretentious rich and famous gather together for a weekend of relaxation at a hunting resort. But when a murder occurs, each one of these interesting characters becomes a suspect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Clive Owen  •  Maggie Smith  •  Geraldine Somerville

Health (1980)

Health is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Glenda Jackson  •  James Garner

Health is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Carol Burnett  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Glenda Jackson  •  James Garner

Images (1972)

Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Susannah York  •  René Auberjonois  •  Marcel Bozzuffi  •  Hugh Millais

Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Susannah York  •  René Auberjonois  •  Marcel Bozzuffi  •  Hugh Millais

M*A*S*H (1970)

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Elliott Gould  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Sally Kellerman

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Donald Sutherland  •  Elliott Gould  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Sally Kellerman

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Julie Christie  •  René Auberjonois  •  William Devane

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Julie Christie  •  René Auberjonois  •  William Devane

Nashville (1975)

The intersecting stories of twenty-four characters—from country star to wannabe to reporter to waitress— connect to the music business in Nashville, Tennessee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  David Arkin  •  Barbara Baxley  •  Ned Beatty  •  Karen Black

The intersecting stories of twenty-four characters—from country star to wannabe to reporter to waitress— connect to the music business in Nashville, Tennessee.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  David Arkin  •  Barbara Baxley  •  Ned Beatty  •  Karen Black

Popeye (1980)

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Ray Walston  •  Paul Dooley

Popeye is a super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who's searching for his father. During a storm that wrecks his ship, Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive. Before he can win her heart, he must first contend with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Shelley Duvall  •  Ray Walston  •  Paul Dooley

Ready to Wear (1994)

Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an all-star cast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Sophia Loren  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Chiara Mastroianni

Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an all-star cast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marcello Mastroianni  •  Sophia Loren  •  Jean-Pierre Cassel  •  Chiara Mastroianni

Quintet (1979)

During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called Quintet. For one small group, this obsession is not enough. They play the game with living pieces, and only the winner survives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Vittorio Gassman  •  Fernando Rey  •  Bibi Andersson

During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called Quintet. For one small group, this obsession is not enough. They play the game with living pieces, and only the winner survives.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Vittorio Gassman  •  Fernando Rey  •  Bibi Andersson

Secret Honor (1984)

In his New Jersey study, Richard Nixon retraces the missteps of his political career, attempting to absolve himself of responsibility for Watergate and lambasting President Gerald Ford's decision to pardon him. His monologue explores his personal life and describes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall

In his New Jersey study, Richard Nixon retraces the missteps of his political career, attempting to absolve himself of responsibility for Watergate and lambasting President Gerald Ford's decision to pardon him. His monologue explores his personal life and describes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall

Short Cuts (1993)

Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Tim Robbins  •  Jack Lemmon

Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  Andie MacDowell  •  Tim Robbins  •  Jack Lemmon
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