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Newton Thornburg (novel)
Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 February 1982 (France) See more »
Bone saw the killer. Cutter knew the motive. See more »
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 »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (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)

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 .... re-recording mixer
Petur Hliddal .... production sound mixer
Ron Horwitz .... supervising sound editor
Hudson B. Marquez .... boom operator (as Hudson Marquez)
William L. McCaughey .... 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 Jr. .... 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
Location Management
Mark Radcliffe .... location manager
Music Department
Adele Armin .... musician (as Armin Electric Strings)
Dick Armin .... musician (as Armin Electric Strings)
Paul Armin .... musician (as Armin Electric Strings)
Eric Harry .... musician: glass harmonica
David Hassinger .... music recording engineer
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
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1984) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The initial budget was supposed to be $3.3 million but then United Artists executive David C. Field found out that U.A. would only make the movie if the filmmakers were able to reduce the price tag to under three million dollars. Passer and company played along. Then, United Artists said that the film needed a big name star for it to succeed at the box office. The studio liked Jeff Bridges' work in the dailies for Michael Cimino's opus Heaven's Gate and said that they would only further support the film if the filmmakers got the actor to be in their movie.See more »
Continuity: When Alex Cutter is charging across the estate on a horse, his missing arm changes sides briefly.See more »
Maureen Cutter, 'Mo':[to Alex] I'm like your leg. Your leg? Sending messages to your brain, and there's nothing there anymore.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "DVD-R Hell: Cavemen (#3.5)" (2013)See more »
We're Old Enough to KnowSee more »


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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Radically better than anyone could expect...., 21 June 2006
Author: tiarings from United Kingdom

Ostensibly this film appears to be a buddy movie from the 1980s, but it is actually something much more interesting. Employing standard Hollywood clinches with its thriller/ investigation narrative and many of of its "stock" characters and situations, the little guys - Heard and Bridges - take on Mr Fat Cat Capitalist who rules the peacetime world like an untouchable and corrupt monarch. The film, though well-executed and enjoyable, at first seems no more than a well-scripted, well-acted (Heard is particularly good as the embittered, crippled Vietnam Veteran) genre piece. However, what emerges by the end is something far more exciting and radical - an indictment of US politics and power relations, and a genuinely bleak reflection on the impossibility and rarity of real justice both at the micro and macro levels.

Vietnam and its true significance is used to great effect in the film, as is the interplay between the two buddies. Whilst Bridges won't accept that he has witnessed the ultimate, bleak truth of US power relations until the film's abrupt, punchy end, Heard knows the truth intuitively and automatically because he understands and hates the world from the the start. He has given up on notions such as forgiveness and even the need for legal process, and seeks only revenge on the rich and the powerful. He understands, correctly, that is the only way a kind of momentary justice is possible, since everything else is either controlled by the elites or made to protect them. Without wishing to spoil the film's brilliant final moments, it is here that the whodunnit story is stripped away and the guilt they have been seeking to prove, as Richard Bone realises, becomes entirely political or metaphysical, and the the crime itself becomes irrelevant.

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