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Cutter's Way (1981)

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Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

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Valerie Duran
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J. J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg ...
George Swanson
Nina van Pallandt ...
Woman in the Hotel (as Nina Van Pallandt)
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Mrs. Cord
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Susie Swanson
Katherine Pass ...
Toyota Woman
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Toyota Man (as Frank McCarthy)
George Planco ...
Toyota Cop
Jay Fletcher ...
Cord Security Guard
George Dickerson ...
Mortician
Jack Murdock ...
Concession Owner
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John Heard came back from the war minus an eye, a leg and an arm. He drinks a lot and abuses his wife, who also drinks a lot. Jeff Bridges is a friend who witnesses a murder. From this point John is "after" the killer, along side the diseased sister, while Jeff doesn't really want to get involved in it. Written by Jonathan <jrd@netvision.net.il>

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Cutter does everything his way. Fighting. Loving. Working. Tracking down a killer.


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10 February 1982 (France)  »

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Cutter and Bone  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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First of only two ever filmed adaptations from works by novelist Newton Thornburg. The second would be Beautiful Kate (2009) made and released around twenty-eight years later in 2009. Interestingly, that film's director, Rachel Ward, starred with the lead star of Cutter's Way (1981), Jeff Bridges, in 1984's Against All Odds (1984). See more »

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Just after Bone's car breaks down in the alleyway we see a shot of the second car pulling up behind his and stopping. In the following shot from the inside of Bone's car you can see the the headlights of the second car still moving through the back windscreen. See more »

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Alex Cutter: I watched the war on TV like everybody else. Thought the same damn things. You know what you thought when you saw a picture of a young woman with a baby lying face down in a dictch, two gooks. You had three reactions, Rich, same as everybody else. The first one was real easy: 'I hate the United States of America'. Yeah. You see the same damn thing the next day and you move up a notch. 'There is no God'. But you know what you finally say, what everybody finally says, no matter what? 'I'm hungry.'
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My brief review of the film
28 September 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

John Heard is excellent, giving off a feisty performance in the title role of this quite intriguing little thriller. It is a bit too meandering to properly keep up the suspense and thrills, however there are still some moments of excitement, and there are also some interesting philosophies, especially about justice in the world. It only has a very run-of-the-mill mystery driving the plot, but there is still enough to the film for it rise above the norm. Although some aspects of Heard's character are not credible, he is an certainly interesting element, and at the very least, the film manages to end on a powerful note.


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