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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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From two American masters comes a movie like no other 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,553, 3 October 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,110,979
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2.35 : 1
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Jack Lemmon, Tim Robbins, Frances McDormand, and Julianne Moore; and eight Oscar nominees: Buck Henry, Bruce Davison, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Anne Archer, Robert Downey, Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh and Huey Lewis. See more »

Goofs

Gene Shepard throws a rock through his mistress's living room window while she's away on vacation. Yet when she comes back, the window is unbroken. See more »

Quotes

Claire Kane: [Stuart has just returned from his fishing trip] Your hands stink.
Stuart Kane: [sniffs his fingers] Kinda smells like pussy, don't you think?
Claire Kane: [laughs, smacks him on the shoulder] I *hate* that. Go wash your hands.
Stuart Kane: Smells like a rainbow to me!
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Connections

References Deliverance (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Conversation on a Bar Stool
Composed by Bono and The Edge
Performed by Annie Ross and 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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