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Short Cuts (1993)

R  |   |  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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Ann Finnigan
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Casey Finnigan
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Dr. Ralph Wyman
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Lois Kaiser
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Joe Kaiser
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Honey Bush
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Vidas cruzadas  »

Box Office

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$6,110,979 (USA)
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Trivia

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 and his two buddies, Gordon and Vern, harass Doreen 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 "Short Cuts" are dressed and how they joke with one another is exactly like Osborne wrote it. Thematically the novel "Open Season" is linked to "Short Cuts" in that it is a harsh critique of a perverted "American way of life". See more »

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When Honey and Gordon eye each other suspiciously after mixing up their photo envelopes, they try to find identifying information on each other. Gordon repeats the phone number he sees on Jerry Kaiser's car to remember it better, however the last 4 digits of number he is repeating differ from the actual phone number on Kaiser's car. See more »

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Howard Finnigan: Hey Jer, how goes the war?
Jerry Kaiser: Bad guys are winning, sir.
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4 stars
11 January 2001 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Wonderful, beautifully acted film about lives interweaving in Los Angeles against the backdrop of an invading poisonous bug. Ensemble cast is perfect, with standout performances by Robbins and Downey Jr. Altman succeeds in bringing us a film examining the coincidence of everyday life that we are too busy to notice. Shows a keen sense for relationships and the hardships of loss.


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