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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Dusenberry ...
Valerie Duran
Stephen Elliott ...
J. J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg ...
George Swanson
Nina van Pallandt ...
Woman in the Hotel (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Mrs. Cord
Geraldine Baron ...
Susie Swanson
Katherine Pass ...
Toyota Woman
Toyota Man (as Frank McCarthy)
George Planco ...
Toyota Cop
Jay Fletcher ...
Cord Security Guard
George Dickerson ...
Jack Murdock ...
Concession Owner


Alex Cutter (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. Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) is a friend who witnesses a murder. From this point John is "after" the killer, alongside the diseased sister, while Jeff doesn't really want to get involved in it. Written by Jonathan <>

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On Marco 20, 1981 a film titled "Cutter and Bone" opened in New York. In the months that followed the film became a legend. See more »


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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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1.85 : 1
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Producer Paul Gurian' had bought the rights to Newton Thornburg's novel and asked screenwriter Jeffrey Alan Fiskin if he could adapt it into screenplay form. Gurian got the studio, EMI, interested in financially backing the film with Robert Mulligan to direct and Dustin Hoffman to play Alex Cutter. However, a scheduling conflict forced Hoffman to leave the project. This prompted Mulligan to leave as well. To make matters worse, EMI pulled their money once Mulligan and Hoffman left the project. Gurian then took the film to United Artists where the studio's vice president, David C. Field, became interested in backing it. See more »


Valerie's disappearance is never explained neither noted by the main characters. See more »


Maureen Cutter, 'Mo': [after Alex comes home after a night's drinking] What'll it be, Alex - coffee or sleep?
Alex Cutter: Any other choices?
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »


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Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by John Byrum
Vocals by Jack Nitzsche
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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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