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In the Cut (2003)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  31 October 2003 (USA)
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New York writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
Allison Nega ...
Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
Dominick Aries ...
Susan Gardner ...
Daniel T. Booth ...
Frannie's Student (as Zack Wegner)


Following the gruesome murder of a young woman in her neighborhood, a self-determined woman living in New York City--as if to test the limits of her own safety--propels herself into an impossibly risky sexual liaison. Soon she grows increasingly wary about the motives of every man with whom she has contact--and about her own. Written by MooVe <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En carne viva  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$97,625 (USA) (24 October 2003)


$239,152 (Japan) (2 April 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nicole Kidman was originally cast as Frannie Thorstin. See more »


After Frannie and Malloy's first intimate encounter, Malloy is dressing as Frannie realizes she has lost one of the charms from her bracelet. Malloy is buttoning his shirt and working on putting on his tie. When he turns to help Frannie look in the bed, his shirt and tie are on perfectly. Yet the next shot has him again adjusting the shirt & tie with the collar up. See more »


[first lines]
Pauline: What does "broccoli" mean"?
Frannie: Depends on the context. Pubic hair or marijuana. It's a noun.
Pauline: And "Virginia"?
Frannie: Vagina. As in, "He penetrated her Virginia with a hammer".
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Crazy Credits

Thank you fabulous Kevin Bacon!!! and "Mayor" Harvey Keitel. See more »


Referenced in Imagine Me & You (2005) See more »


Waiting in Vain
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Annie Lennox
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User Reviews

Jane Campion's film has something that makes it worth seeing…

In fact, much of Frannie's allure is that she isn't shy about her body, or even afraid to engage in sexual activity with Detective James Malloy (Mark Ruffalo) in her two room apartment on Washington Square…

In the Red Turtle bar, Frannie (Meg Ryan) inadvertently watched a man, with a tattoo on his wrist, receiving oral gratification from a girl with blue fingernails having diamonds in them…

Soon after, there was a homicide in Frannie's neighborhood… The body of the woman, or part of her body, to be exact, was found in the garden outside her window…The girl who was murdered was Angela Sands with the blue fingernails …

As the psychopath strikes again and again, Frannie embarks on a powerfully physical sexual relationship with Malloy, despite her rising suspicions, later on, that the serial killer in question may very well be the 'good cop' with the 'three of spade' she saw once…

Meg Ryan plays a very interior character living out of her unconscious emotions and actions, seeming always scared of what she wants… Her only passion was poetry… Her former lover Kevin Bacon— mentally unbalanced—thinks he should stick around because he slept with her twice… Bacon maintains a threatening presence throughout the whole picture… Jennifer Jason Leigh— exquisitely sexy— graces the screen as Frannie's half-sister Pauline… In his few scenes with Ryan, Sharrieff Pugh proves to be sweet and charming but also bad and scary…

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nicole kid... i mean meg ryan .. afbm
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OMG Meg Ryan gets naked! pug32
Malloy could still be the killer in the end? mesaydayo
This movie made me feel guilty for being male......... ludde05
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