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(1993)

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The notorious bottom nude scene ultimately played by Julianne Moore deterred a lot of other actresses, including Madeleine Stowe, who switched roles in the film. Ironically, Stowe's new part required nudity too, though it was topless, rather than bottomless.
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The film was shot in 10 weeks. Each storyline was filmed in weekly divisions.
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All Jennifer Jason Leigh's phone-sex conversations are verbatim of the calls she heard when she was researching for the part.
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Madeleine Stowe turned down the part later taken by 'Julianne Moore'.
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Annie Ross and Lori Singer's segment is a Robert Altman invention and has no connection to anything Raymond Carver has written.
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The hat that Robert Downey Jr. wears during the night barbecue scene is the distinct "X" from many of the posters and memorabilia of "Malcolm X" released just one year before Short Cuts.
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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 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".
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Laura Dern turned down a role in the film.
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Body count: 4.
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