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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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medfly | lie | drink | concert | jazz | See more »

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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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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 they 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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This then, is a rare gem: A Hollywood movie of artistic enormity.
6 March 1999 | by (Little Italy) – See all my reviews

After watching this film one thing I was left with was a feeling of tremendous euphoria, a glowing feeling which lasted well into the next morning. I could not help but think that this collage of events in the lives of 22 people in sunny LA was realism. Not the harsh gritty realism of 'Taxi Driver', but a different realism. This movie is who we are, as people. This movie chronicles the emotions we may have when confronted with a persistent crank caller, or the lingering suspicion of a partner's affair. And the acerbic intelligence of the script is tempered with director Altman's stunning technical virtuosity.

The style is very pastiche, and one scene cuts to another, as the title suggests, with reckless abandon. This lends a very fresh and watchable quality to what is by any standards a long film. While most of the characters never meet, the movie is given shape by the connections between scenes. The connections are of two kinds: thematic connections for which the credit goes to the script, and also visual connections whereby the direction and editing employed by Altman allow him to create recurring imagery with which he weaves the sprawling, kicking constituent bits and pieces of this movie together. This style works very well indeed and at the end of the film, miraculously you are left not with the impression of having just watched a series of 'short cuts', but something entirely more holistic in nature.

There was not a false note in the acting and the star-studded cast did great justice to a remarkable script. The casting is flawless, from Tim Robbins' adulterous cop to Julianne Moore's adulterous painter. The camera-work is refreshing in its fluidity and control, transmitting an intense watchability. However many feelings there are in the human emotional vocabulary (and I am sure there are a fair few), it seems that 'Short Cuts' is somehow able, in the course of three hours, to display (in the actors) and evoke (in the audience), each and every one of them. For those who are of the belief that modern Hollywood is unable to produce films of artistic merit, watch this movie now or hold your peace forever.


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