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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 <Man@aol.com>

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?


Mark Ruffalo went on undercover assignments with police officers to prepare for his role. See more »


John Graham and Frannie are walking down the street, and John is walking his dog on a leash. The leash disappears briefly when we see John gesturing with both hands. 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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Thank you fabulous Kevin Bacon!!! and "Mayor" Harvey Keitel. See more »


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User Reviews

Beautiful film.

Campion always impresses. Do not go into this film seeking a tightly woven suspense thriller. This film deals more of what happens when a woman is continuously victimized by the idea of true love and the world it places her in. Meg Ryan? I gave her the benefit of the doubt. It paid off. She is marvelous. Her character is enigmatic and sexy. The fact that they washed away her Hollywood image delighted me. Her sexual demands are tastefully perverted. Mark Ruffalo? His primitive macho cop demeanor plays well for Ryan's repressed desire to have sexual fulfillment. Why does sex effect so many of us? Why not just tell us all about it as children. We're not stupid. Just tell us the truth.

Ryan's character has lost connection to the world. Her wisdom and insight comes from banner poems on public transport. Ryan displays an inner coolness that I find attractive. She does not respond to silly questions and reacts slightly to incredible events such as being hit by a car. She is in her own world of thought lost in an idealistic vision of happiness and love but lives her reality in perverted surroundings and grime. The people in her life all seem to be disconnected.

There is a serial killer on the loose and Ryan's interaction with him is hauntingly chilling while at the same time beautifully shot. There is a mystery as to whom he might be. The riddle was of minor concern. I was more fascinated watching Ryan's character. The film is filled with fabulous shots. Highly stylized. Several closeups of Meg Ryan's world. The film drags a bit and lingers into the unknown at times just as the protagonist Ryan.

It has moments of beauty that is rarely seen on the screen in this day and age. I give this film a 10.

Victor Nunnally BFA Dramatic History and Theory BFA Film Theory and Production

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