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Cutter's Way (1981)

Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writers:

Newton Thornburg (novel), Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Richard Bone
John Heard ... Alex Cutter
Lisa Eichhorn ... 'Mo'
Ann Dusenberry ... Valerie Duran
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... J. J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... George Swanson
Nina van Pallandt ... Woman in the Hotel (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Patricia Donahue ... Mrs. Cord
Geraldine Baron Geraldine Baron ... Susie Swanson
Katherine Pass Katherine Pass ... Toyota Woman
Francis X. McCarthy ... Toyota Man (as Frank McCarthy)
George Planco George Planco ... Toyota Cop
Jay Fletcher Jay Fletcher ... Cord Security Guard
George Dickerson George Dickerson ... Mortician
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Concession Owner
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Storyline

Alex Cutter (Heard) came back from war minus an eye, a leg, and an arm and mad as hell. He lacks direction, drinks too much, and abuses his wife (Eichhorn). One night his friend Richard Bone (Bridges) witnesses someone dumping something in an alley; it turns out to be the body of a young girl. When Cutter hears about it, he embarks on a crusade to expose the killer, enlisting the help of the murdered girl's sister. Bone reluctantly joins them. Are they right or are they in search of their white whale? Written by Anonymous

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Alex Cutter had a fantasy...one of his friends could not escape. See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cutter and Bone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,729,274
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Production Co:

Gurian Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's original title, also the title of the movie's source novel, "Cutter and Bone", refers to the two names of the film's two lead characters, Alex Cutter (John Heard) and Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges). See more »

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Valerie's disappearance is never explained neither noted by the main characters. See more »

Quotes

Alex Cutter: I watched the war on TV just like everyone else, okay? Thought the same damn things. You know, what you thought when you saw a picture of a young woman with a baby lying face down in a ditch. Two gooks. You had three reactions Rich. Same as everybody else. First one was real easy. I hate the United States of America. Yeah.
[snickers]
Alex Cutter: You see the same damn thing the next day and you move up a notch. There is no God. But you know what you finally say, what everybody finally says. No matter what. ...
[...]
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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We're Old Enough to Know
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by John Byrum
Vocals by Jack Nitzsche
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Superb latter-day Noir
20 May 2002 | by davidowainSee all my reviews

This is an excellent movie and one of the most consistently underrated. John Heard has never been better, and he is (alongside the late J.T. Walsh) amongst the most under-appreciated actors ever (one of the few mistakes in 'The Sopranos' was to let him go). However, Jeff Bridges yet again proves his credentials by turning in a beautifully nuanced performance as an unattractive, self-absorbed failed playboy in counterpoint to Heard's righteous crippled Vietnam veteran.

This is a companion piece to 'Chinatown' in its study of corrupt power structures, but is more intimate and believable (and 'Chinatown' is superb). We still wait for its recent equal in the noir stakes.


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