Short Cuts (1993)

From two American masters comes a movie like no other

Original Title : Short Cuts
Director : Robert Altman
Writer : Raymond Carver
Robert Altman
Frank Barhydt
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Cary Brokaw , Scott Bushnell , Mike E. Kaplan , David Levy
Music : Gavin Friday
Mark Isham
Photography : Walt Lloyd
IMDB ID : 0108122
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Andie MacDowell Ann Finnigan
Bruce Davison Howard Finnigan
Jack Lemmon Paul Finnigan
Lane Cassidy Casey Finnigan
Julianne Moore Marian Wyman
Matthew Modine Dr. Ralph Wyman
Anne Archer Claire Kane
Fred Ward Stuart Kane
Jennifer Jason Leigh Lois Kaiser
Chris Penn Jerry Kaiser
Joseph C. Hopkins Joe Kaiser
Josette Maccario Josette Kaiser
Lili Taylor Honey Bush
Robert Downey Jr. Bill Bush
Madeleine Stowe Sherri Shepard
Tim Robbins Gene Shepard
Cassie Friel Sandy Shepard
Dustin Friel Will Shepard
Austin Friel Austin Shepard
Lily Tomlin Doreen Piggot
Tom Waits Earl Piggot
Frances McDormand Betty Weathers
Peter Gallagher Stormy Weathers
Jarrett Lennon Chad Weathers
Annie Ross Tess Trainer
Lori Singer Zoe Trainer
Lyle Lovett Andy Bitkower
Buck Henry Gordon Johnson
Huey Lewis Vern Miller
Danny Darst Aubrey Bell
Margery Bond Dora Willis (as Margerie Bond
Robert DoQui Knute Willis
Darnell Williams Joe Robbins
Michael Beach Jim Stone
Andi Chapman Harriet Stone
Deborah Falconer Barbara
Susie Cusack Nancy
Charles Rocket Wally Littleton
Jane Alden Mrs. Schwarzmeier
Christian Altman Jimmy Miller
Willie Marlett Jimmy's Friend
Dirk Blocker Diner Customer
Suzanne Calvert Tarmac Secretary
Natalie Strong Mourner
Jay Della Bartender
Jeruth Persson Club Owner
Derek Webster Joe Robbins' Pals
Nathaniel H. Harris III Joe Robbins' Pals
Alex Trebek Himself
Jerry Dunphy Himself
Terry Adams Annie Ross &
Bobby Previte Annie Ross &
Greg Cohen Annie Ross &
Gene Estes Annie Ross &
Bruce Fowler Annie Ross &
Stuart Canin The Trout Quintet, 1st Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky The Trout Quintet, Violin
Roland Kato The Trout Quintet, Viola
Armen Guzelimian The Trout Quintet, Piano
Damon Charles Makeup teacher (uncredited
Andrew Levinson Bill Bush's model (uncredited
Derek Raser Helicopter pilot (uncredited
Pamela Roth Makeup Model (uncredited
Ken Twohy The Cook (uncredited


While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip.


What do you do, fish, or call the police, when you find a body in the river? Altman's SHORT CUTS has received a lot of praise from many quarters, and the critic Ebert gives it his highest rating. I think I know why. With about 10 separate stories, some related and others not, each story will get an average of about 18 minutes of total film time. Now, anyone can watch 18 minutes of movie, even if it is mediocre. Add to that, the editing which shows you a minute or so of each story before switching to another, and you don't have time to get bored by what in many respects are boring people who we can't identify with. It is hard to be sympathetic with any one character, because they are so flawed. Still, I think it is a good movie, not for the contrived stories, but for Altman's direction, and the editing that kept everything moving along at a brisk clip. The characters are perhaps quite ordinary for L.A., and all those things depiicted happen to real people, but maybe over a span of 40 or 50 years, not over the few days during which the film was set. That was the contrived part. This review will not go into any details, Ebert's review has all that covered quite well.
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