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Short Cuts (1993)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 October 1993 (Italy)
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The day-to-day lives of a number of 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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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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$6,110,979 (USA)
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Madeleine Stowe turned down the part later taken by 'Julianne Moore'. 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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Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor (BWV 1011)
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Life imitates art.
4 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I heard the news today, o boy. In Wichita, Kansas, land of Fred Phelps and boneheaded school boards, several customers in a convenience store walked over a woman who was stabbed and continued to looks for the chips and beer. One even took a picture of the dying woman with her cell phone camera.

One of the short stories in Altman's Short Cuts basically depicts the same incident. Fishermen can't be bothered to stop fishing to get a dead woman out of the water. One even shoots what looks like a whole roll of film of her naked body floating in the streams/lake/river, who knows? And, apparently only one cares - Fred Ward's wife, Anne Archer.

That is the theme that I felt throughout the film where Los Angeles residents were misunderstanding, resenting, deceiving, disappointing -- and even killing -- one another. They had loser lives, doing loser jobs, and they just seemed to float along in a fog of alcohol, uncaring about each other, drunk with their own concerns and problems.

It was pathetic, and depressing, and a masterpiece of American angst.

One to watch over and over.


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