Alex Cutter (Heard) came back from war minus an eye, a leg, and an arm and mad as hell. He lacks direction, drinks too much, and abuses his wife (Eichhorn). One night his friend Richard Bone (Bridges) witnesses someone dumping something in an alley; it turns out to be the body of a young girl. When Cutter hears about it, he embarks on a crusade to expose the killer, enlisting the help of the murdered girl's sister. Bone reluctantly joins them. Are they right or are they in search of their white whale? Written by
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 »
When Alex Cutter is charging across the estate on a horse, his missing arm changes sides briefly. See more »
John Heard gives an Oscar-caliber performance in Ivan Passer's psychological-thriller. A well-crafted script delivers the goods from start to finish, and Jack Nitzsche's score complements the story beautifully. A must-see for fans of the genre.
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