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Cut Up (1994)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 11 October 1994 (USA)
Police photographer Carl Roman (Hollins) left his position as a homicide detective after accidentally killing a young girl during a police raid. Four years later, when a serial killer ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
John R. Woods ...
Max Peters
Ramona Catalanello ...
Geno Napoli ...
Solo Guitarist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Baird ...
Jude Cockfield ...
Father / Cartes
Jeff Hockenheimer ...
Dream Maniac
Roy L. Jackson Jr. ...
Peter Shaw
Carl Roman
Susie K. ...
Dream Doll Girl
Brian Lannigan ...
Dick Christian
Azure Canine
Sheila McDermott ...
Jordan Melito ...
Hopscotch Girl / Alice
Michael Moore ...
News Anchor
Henry Nelson ...


Police photographer Carl Roman (Hollins) left his position as a homicide detective after accidentally killing a young girl during a police raid. Four years later, when a serial killer begins stalking New Orleans top retro artists, Carl's friend and former partner persuades him to join the investigation. Enlisting the aid of Mel Korinna, an art historian and denizen of the city's underground art scene, Carl attempts to unravel the mystery of the bizarre, "cut up" messages found at the murder sites. But Carl is in for more than he bargained, and when all signs point to the killer's identity he must search deep in himself to overcome his own worst nightmare. Written by Jeff Turick

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11 October 1994 (USA)  »

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$150,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Also had Jude Cockfield's at the time girlfriend in it whom also shared a scene in the Director's cut of Oliver Stone's JFK. See more »

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A beautiful indie film.
26 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

(No real spoilers, but tagged just in case.)New Orleans is a very attractive city, and it's shown to good effect by lensman Charles Bush. The opening scene, after the titles, of the levee at the Huey P. Long Bridge has beautiful colour saturation and clarity that belies the film's 16mm origin. Phil Beard deserves credit for his lighting, reminiscent of Dario Argento's, especially of The Crescent City's Piazza d'Italia. Actor Rosie Rosato brings an incredible intensity to his character Mike Landrum.

The story is remarkable for its literacy. The title is taken from the 'cut up' method of writing pioneered by Brion Gysin (with a nod to Tristan Tzara). Gysin literally cut up newspaper articles and rearranged the pieces at random. 'The Patchwork Killer' in the film does the same thing with his victims. Gysin also created a 'dream machine' – a device that stimulates alpha waves in the brain – which is featured in the film. Characters include 'Max Peters' (John Woods) and Azure Canine (Mike Lyddon). Max Peters's name is a play on op-artist Peter Max, and establishes him in the retro-art world where the killings take place. 'Blue Dog' (on which the name 'Azure Canine' is a play) is a well-known inhabitant of paintings by New Orleans artist George Rodrigue. I love finding these little nuggets in films! Cut Up necessarily had a very low budget, but it shows what competent filmmakers can do with very little money and a lot of hard work. The story is good, the nods to experimental artists give it a depth that is seldom found in works of this sort, and the cinematography is beautiful.

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