The Horseplayer

Director: Kurt Voss
Screenwriters: Larry Rattner, Kurt Voss

Institute History

  • 1990 Sundance Film Festival


At long last, a new film from director Kurt Voss, whose Border Radio garnered him an early following. In The Horseplayer, Voss hones his skill as a director, assembling an astonishing cast.

Bud Cowan (Brad Dourif) is an obsessive gambler whose calculations for improving his take at the racetrack form the framework for his fragile existence. When he's not at the track, he works in the icebox at George Samsa's (Vic Tayhack's) liquor store across the street from his apartment. There is no room in Bud's life for social interaction or deviation from schedule.

With the arrival of his new neighbors, the artist Matthew (M.K. Harris) and his attractive wife Randi (Sammi Davis), Bud's world is shattered. Randi is Matthew's muse, and her dalliances are the subject of his work. Bud becomes her newest. unsuspecting target, but his affair with Randi unleashes a flood of emotions and unlocks previously suppressed bad habits. Unfortunately for Matthew, drinking is the least of them.

This startling psychological study mixes fresh dialogue with unusual directorial sensibilities. The Horseplayer promises to be one of the most interesting films of 1990.

Saturday, January 20 1:00 p.m.
Prospector Square Theatre

Tuesday, January 23 1:00 p.m.
Prospector Square Theatre

Wednesday, January 24 10:00 p.m.
Egyptian Theatre

Saturday, January 27 1:15 p.m.
Holiday Village Cinema II


— Marjorie Skouras

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