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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.... (Full plot summary below)

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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.

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FulvueDrive-in.com - 5/10 by Chuck O'LearyThe pace of Quintet is as glacial as its setting. A career nadir for Paul Newman.
Filmcritic.com - 2/10 by Christopher Nulla painful attempt at depth that comes across as nothing more than utter pretentiousness
Kansas City Kansan - 2/10 by Steve CrumSlow, confusing, and for Altman fans only.
User Review - 10/10 by Steven CMy favorite Altman movie is "Quintet". I have at least four copies on different media. I love it because it is drenched with dread. I am fascinated by the rules of the game. The Montreal "Man and his World" sets are gorgeous. The cast is literally stellar. It was ENTIRELY filmed in below-freezing temperatures (at Altman's insistence). When I am feeling really depressed, watching this film improves my mood. It affirms that life actually is a veil of tears.
User Review - 10/10 by Kelly COne of Altman's lesser known works, and definitely one of Newman's. A bit slow for the normal MTV generation movie goer. But for those of you who love dark and foreboding stories of the future this will not disappoint. Shakespearean in its scope, Kafkaesque in its taunting portrayal of where the world is headed. Way ahead of its time.
User Review - 8/10 by Shannon DQuintet was a movie that was above all about Climate Change scare of the 1970's, except of course it was Global Cooling. With that mode in mind this movie projects the abject hopelessness of the future. Man would perish slow in a whimper on Glacial slow suspense and fear. The movie starts with Paul Newman,with his pregnant wife, returning to a city where all the elites of North America had taken refugee and Paul had been born. He had left his family and ventured onto the ice and it is with hope that he returns for his soon to be born child. Once there, the abject slow destruction of mankind becomes apparent. No heat might well be the singular catch phrase for this part of the movie. The rest develops into a cat and mouse game where Paul seeks vengeance . The movie was just as interesting a 'Little Big Man' or any of the movies from the 70's and their fatalistic outlook upon mankind's future. If you want to view the midset of 1970's Hollywood this would be great movie. The entire vision of life in a New Ice Age is worth the price of admission.
User Review - 8/10 by Mike MThe '70s really were a special time for low budget sci fi. Add Altman into the mix, and you've got low budget sci fi that just looks really freaking good (the snow shots alone must have looked amazing on a large screen). None of Altman's trademark absurdism is present, although just one of those zoom shots should give away who was behind the camera. The omnipresent Vaseline on the lens in nearly every shot was distracting at first, but soon grew to be just another element in this world, almost as if to say the whole film's a cautionary dream. I'm kind of surprised this doesn't have a larger cult following.
User Review - 8/10 by Robert LThe people who have seen this movie tend to dump on it, but I liked it.
User Review - 8/10 by Guillaume HI was excited at the prospect of seeing Altman's intellectual framings transposed unto a Dystopian setting. While i absolutely love the whole set and the cinematography, im not convinced this was the right movie for Altman to embrace slowness (its almost a slasher in theory). Under-exposition is also slightly frustrating. Still, its not to be missed as its original and beautifully set, but go in with patience, less for action but with a focus on the internal, on what goes on inside the mind of the people who live in this world and who play this game of Quintet. Also, for fans of Bergman, its a treat to see Bibi Anderson in a different context.
User Review - 8/10 by Barry CWow, Robert Altman had some grim moments early in his career. This movie is so dour, so bleak in both palette and plot, that I wouldn't recommend you watch it this winter at all. Fernando Rey must have made a career out of playing the decadent intellectual. He reprised it so often for Bunuel, now he does it for Altman. And Paul Newman's strangest role by far, too bad he doesn't get much of a range to exploit in this role. Some famous names in support roles. Worth sitting through for sure.

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