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Release Date:
10 February 1982 (France) 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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  (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 .... 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 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
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?

When United Artists executives David C. Field and Claire Townsend, the film's biggest supporters, left for 20th Century Fox, the film became a victim of internal politics. United Artists senior domestic sales and marketing vice president Jerry Esbin saw the film and decided that it did not have any commercial possibilities. Passer did not see his film with a paying audience until the Houston Film Festival many weeks later, where the film won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor (John Heard).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 »
Maureen Cutter, 'Mo':Speaking of which, you're home awfully early aren't you? Couldn't you find a matron with a taste for gutter squalor?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gone with the Wind (1939)See more »
We're Old Enough to KnowSee more »


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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Superb latter-day Noir, 20 May 2002
Author: David Bates from London, England

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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