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Newton Thornburg (novel)
Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 April 1982 (Ireland) See more »
Cutter does everything his way. Fighting. Loving. Working. Tracking down a killer.
Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A hauntingly beautiful portrayal of cynicism and the pathetic human condition See more (46 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... Richard Bone

John Heard ... Alex Cutter

Lisa Eichhorn ... 'Mo'
Ann Dusenberry ... Valerie Duran
Stephen Elliott ... J. J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg ... George Swanson
Nina van Pallandt ... Woman in the Hotel (as Nina Van Pallandt)

Patricia Donahue ... Mrs. Cord
Geraldine Baron ... Susie Swanson

Katherine Pass ... Toyota Woman

Francis X. McCarthy ... Toyota Man (as Frank McCarthy)
George Planco ... Toyota Cop
Jay Fletcher ... Cord Security Guard
George Dickerson ... Mortician
Jack Murdock ... Concession Owner
Essex Smith ... Black #1
Rod Gist ... Black #2
Leonard Lightfoot ... Black #3

Julia Duffy ... Young Girl
Randy Shepard ... Young Man
Roy Hollis ... Working Stiff

Billy Drago ... Garbage Man
Caesar Cordova ... Garbage Truck Driver

Jonathan Terry ... Police Captain (as Jon Terry)
William Pelt ... Detective #1
Ron Marcroft ... Detective #2
Ted White ... Guard #1
Tony Epper ... Guard #2
Andy Epper ... Guard #3
Chris Howell ... Guard #4
H.P. Evetts ... Guard #5
Ron Burke ... Guard #6
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fox Purtill ... Kid on Skateboard (uncredited)
Mark Valenti ... Party guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ivan Passer 
Writing credits
Newton Thornburg (novel "Cutter and Bone")

Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)

Produced by
Larry J. Franco .... associate producer (as Larry Franco)
Paul R. Gurian .... producer
Barrie M. Osborne .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jack Nitzsche 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Caroline Biggerstaff  (as Caroline Ferriol)
Casting by
Susan Shaw 
Production Design by
Josan F. Russo 
Art Direction by
Josan F. Russo  (as Josan Russo)
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden 
Makeup Department
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Barrie M. Osborne .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey Chernov .... second assistant director
Larry J. Franco .... first assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Jim Van Wyck .... dga trainee
Art Department
Gary Fettis .... lead man
Robert Scaife .... construction coordinator (as Robert E. Scaife)
'Dangerous' Bob Widin .... assistant property master
John Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... supervising sound editor: Mag City
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Petur Hliddal .... production sound mixer
Ron Horwitz .... supervising sound editor
Hudson B. Marquez .... boom operator (as Hudson Marquez)
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... assistant sound editor
Jim Stuebe .... cable person (as James Stuebe)
Howard S. Wollman .... sound re-recording mixer: Ryder Sound Services (as Howard Wollman)
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunt person
William H. Burton .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Burton)
Rita Egleston .... stunt person
Andy Epper .... stunt person
Tony Epper .... stunt person
H.P. Evetts .... stunt person
June Evetts .... stunt person
Hugh Hooker .... stunt person
Chris Howell .... stunt person
Glynn Rubin .... stunt person
Jay Salerno .... stunt person
Ted White .... stunt person
Loyd Catlett .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cary Griffith .... key grip
Richard Hart .... gaffer
Johnny E. Jensen .... first assistant camera (as Johnny Jensen)
Donald E. Thorin .... camera operator (as Donald Thorin)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Ruhm .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Paul Dixon .... assistant film editor
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Mark Winitsky .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Eric Harry .... musician: glass harmonica
David Hassinger .... music recording engineer
Jack Nitzsche .... composer: song "We're Old Enough to Know"
Walter Repple .... musician: zither
Curt Sobel .... music editor: La Da Productions
Transportation Department
Dennis Hollis .... transportation coordinator (as Dennis H. Hollis)
Other crew
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Amanda Gill .... assistant: Mr. Gurian
Josef Lustig .... assistant: Mr. Passer
Jimmy Medearis .... head wrangler
Dan Perri .... title designer
Mark Radcliffe .... location manager
Elise Rohden .... production coordinator
Kurt Woolner .... production accountant
Barry A. Ebert .... thanks: the producer expresses his deepest appreciation to those without whom this picture would not be possible
Deborah Elaine Finn .... thanks: the producer expresses his deepest appreciation to those without whom this picture would not be possible
William J. Levitt Jr. .... thanks: the producer expresses his deepest appreciation to those without whom this picture would not be possible
David H. Pittinski .... thanks: the producer expresses his deepest appreciation to those without whom this picture would not be possible

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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The film's growing amount of positive reviews prompted United Artists to give the film to their "art" division, United Artists Classics, where they changed the film's title from "Cutter and Bone" to "Cutter's Way" (thinking that the original title would be mistaken by audiences for a comedy about surgeons). It was given the prestigious closing feature slot at the Seattle Film Festival. With a new ad campaign in place, Cutter's Way re-opened in the summer of 1981 in Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. Word of mouth helped the film turn a profit.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
George Swanson:[in a parade] Hey guys, how do I look?
Alex Cutter:Hey, you look like a fat man on a horse, Georgie.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Lebowski (1998)See more »
We're Old Enough to KnowSee more »


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32 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A hauntingly beautiful portrayal of cynicism and the pathetic human condition, 1 April 2005
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I stumbled upon this movie at the Nickelodeon on Cape Cod the year of its a time when VCR's and DVD's weren't a part of our culture...when you had to travel to obscure and far-out theaters to see obscure and far-out films during the fading window of opportunity offered as its limited run at the movie house. What a gem. I was instantly riveted by the story and the classic performances that brought it to life. The pathetic human condition personified in Cutter, Bone, and Mo is so exquisitely rendered as to be tragic...only salvaged by the clear-eyed wit and insight of John Heard's Cutter and the tempered and logical cynicism and indifference offered up by Bone(Jeff Bridges)as the balance that only these begrudging friends could provide each other. Lisa Eichorn's character(Mo) exhibits equal measures of the qualities both her male couterparts have and her subtle performance points up the conflict she feels in simultaneously rejecting and craving their opposing energies. The scene where she chews them both out for their selfish and naive plot and their spirited responses seems to spill from their beings as genuine emotion...not written dialogue...and it still sends chills through me...very powerful...and the scene where she is made painfully aware of Bone's incurable drive to bed women as she falls prey to his momentary sympathies ..when coupled with her husband's(Cutter) inability to give a soft refuge to her is so tragically realistic...tears flow. Everyone's shortcoming's cross-up everyone else's and as the surrealistic climax develops its symbolism and power are Shakespearian. This movie works as a crime thriller, a portrait of the underbelly of American culture most evidenced in its loss of confidence and embrace of cynicism that came to the surface post-Vietnam...but most successfully as a great character-driven love story and tragedy.

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