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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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Jack Murdock ...
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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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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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When Alex Cutter is charging across the estate on a horse, his missing arm changes sides briefly. See more »

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Alex Cutter: I watched the war on TV just like everyone else, OK? 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 ditch. Two gooks. You had three reactions Rich. Same as everybody else. First one was real easy. I hate the United States of America. Yeah.
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Alex Cutter: 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...
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Superb latter-day Noir
20 May 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie and one of the most consistently underrated. John Heard has never been better, and he is (alongside the late J.T. Walsh) amongst the most under-appreciated actors ever (one of the few mistakes in 'The Sopranos' was to let him go). However, Jeff Bridges yet again proves his credentials by turning in a beautifully nuanced performance as an unattractive, self-absorbed failed playboy in counterpoint to Heard's righteous crippled Vietnam veteran.

This is a companion piece to 'Chinatown' in its study of corrupt power structures, but is more intimate and believable (and 'Chinatown' is superb). We still wait for its recent equal in the noir stakes.


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