Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his ... See full summary »
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
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 »
Valerie's disappearance is never explained neither noted by the main characters. See more »
Maureen Cutter, 'Mo':
Speaking of which, you're home awfully early, aren't you? Couldn't you find a matron with a taste for gutter squalor?
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Love Story, Thriller, Character Study -- And They All Work
One of my favorite films. I don't have much to add to the positive reviews here except to say that Cutter's Way repeatedly alludes to Herman Melville, especially Moby Dick --
A character explicitly refers to Moby Dick early in the film; Cutter has a false limb, like Captain Ahab; his wife's name is "Mo"; he says, "Thar she blows" when he sees the villain's huge office building; after that part of the pursuit, he angrily shoots at an animal in the water; the whole story takes place in and around boats, and it begins at the "El Encantado" (Melville wrote "The Encantadas, or the Enchanted Isles").
What does all this add up to? I don't know exactly, but this film is an excellent mix of character studies, love stories, and suspense -- with great dialog and performances.
I watch it every few years and am never disappointed, except by the fact that one of the main characters (the sister) suddenly and permanently disappears, as if she'd never been in the movie at all. It's not a great loss, but it's certainly one of the worst continuity errors I know of.
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