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Short Cuts (1993)

The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.

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While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Short Cuts raises the roof on America See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for graphic sexual language, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (Italy)  »

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Vidas cruzadas  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$106,553, 3 October 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,110,979
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Even though he film is based on short stories by Raymond Carver, one scene is taken straight out of David Osborne's novel "Open Season" from 1974. The scene where Stuart (Fred Ward) and his two buddies, Gordon (Buck Henry) and Vern (Huey Lewis), harass Doreen (Lily Tomlin) at the breakfast diner before they head out on their fishing trip, plays almost exactly like a short chapter in that novel. Three good buddies are heading out on a hunting trip, and harass a young, sexy waitress at the diner where they went for a breakfast stop. Not only the way the characters interact is similar, even the way the friends in this film are dressed, and how they joke with one another, is exactly like Osborne wrote it. Thematically, the novel "Open Season" is linked to this film, in that it is a harsh critique of a perverted "American way of life". See more »

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When Paul and Howard are sitting in the hospital cafeteria, the food items on the table keep changing between shots. See more »

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Gene Shepard: That was a 35 dollar belt!
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Referenced in Kids (1995) See more »

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Nothing Can Stop Me Now
Composed by Horace Silver
Performed by The Low Note Quintet
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A Brilliant expose on life in America
31 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Robert Altman has made a three hour work of art. It revolves around 22 characters, each with their own problems, and intertwines them via various occurrences. Each character is delightfully contrived, each plot point seamless.

Without spoiling anything, all that can be said about Short Cuts is that the satire is first class, the comedy is brilliant, the drama powerful and the character study impeccable. Do not miss this one if you're a fan of the drama genre.

Ten out of ten.


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