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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