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In the Cut (2003)

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New York City 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:
Michael Nuccio ...
Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
Allison Nega ...
Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
Dominick Aries ...
Attentive Husband
Susan Gardner ...
Perfect Wife
Angela Sands
Daniel T. Booth ...
Luther Wilker Red Turtle Bartender
Frannie's Student (as Yaani King)
Frannie's Student
Frannie's Student
Frannie's Student (as Zack Wegner)


Frannie Avery is a New York City inner city high school English teacher, whose passion is collecting words and phrases that interest her, either because of their meaning and/or just because of the way they sound. The way that she and her paternal half sister Pauline Avery, her closest confidante, deal with men and sex has largely been affected by their father, who is working on marrying wife number five. Frannie thinks about sex more than she has it. Her lack of a sex life is further exacerbated by being the object of obsession of James Graham, a man with who she had a few casual dates and two sexual encounters, which has made her even more cautious. This complete experience is why she has a somewhat inappropriate, albeit non-sexual relationship with Cornelius Webb, one of her students. She eventually embarks on a sexual relationship with NYPD Homicide Detective Giovanni Malloy, who, along with his partner Detective Ritchie Rodriguez, are investigating the murder of a young woman, ... Written by Huggo

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Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.


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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 USA:

$97,625, 26 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


A few seconds after Malloy has removed Frannie's panties, she is still wearing them (while he fondles her stomach). 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 »


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Unbelievably bad!
12 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

As a big fan of Meg Ryan and having read some promising reviews, I was looking forward to watching 'In The Cut'.

I really wish I hadn't bothered!!!

The film had no storyline, disjointed filming, and sexual undertones throughout it which served no value to the (I use the word lightly) plot!

Meg... ... what were you thinking of?

I watched the film for 35 minutes waiting for a storyline to develop, before giving up on it. By that time I had realized that it was simply a down-market porn movie disguised as a murder mystery thriller.

The sex scenes were gratuitous and far too graphic for a mainstream movie. I'm not easily shocked... but this film did the trick!

I hung on to the end hoping that some twist at the end might redeem the film... alas... much as I feared, there was no ending of note.

A waste of talent and a waste of my time watching!

1 out of 10 simply for Kevin Bacon's appearance.

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