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Short Cuts (1993)

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The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ann Finnigan
... Howard Finnigan
... Paul Finnigan
Zane Cassidy ... Casey Finnigan
... Marian Wyman
... Dr. Ralph Wyman
... Claire Kane
... Stuart Kane
... Lois Kaiser
... Jerry Kaiser
Joseph C. Hopkins ... Joe Kaiser
Josette Maccario ... Josette Kaiser
... Honey Bush
... Bill Bush
... Sherri Shepard
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Nine short stories relocating the settings from Carver's Northwest to Los Angeles during a spraying of malathion brought on by a Medfly epidemic - intercut tales of disconnection and emotional emptiness. The stories concern variations upon the theme of Los Angeles angst --a happily married couple, Ann and Howard have to deal with the deep emotions felt when their child, Casey is struck by a car before his birthday and lapses into a coma, while the baker Andy of their child's neglected birthday cake sinks into a rage and torments them in their grief. Three men Stuart, Gordon and Vern leave on a much anticipated fishing trip, only to discover the drowned body of a nude woman floating in the river and decide to finish their fishing trip and ignore the corpse. A Los Angeles cop, Gene uses his badge as an excuse to cheat on his wife, Sherri. A pool cleaner Jerry resents his wife, Lois for her part-time job as a phone sex performer. A waitress, Doreen is devoted to her limousine driver ... Written by lament

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Short Cuts raises the roof on America See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for graphic sexual language, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Vidas cruzadas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$106,553, 3 October 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,110,979
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Annie Ross and Lori Singer's segment is a Robert Altman invention, and had no connection to anything Raymond Carver had written. See more »

Goofs

When Honey and Gordon eye each other suspiciously after mixing up their photo envelopes, they try to find identifying information on each other. Gordon repeats the phone number he sees on Jerry Kaiser's car to remember it better, however the last 4 digits of number he is repeating differ from the actual phone number on Kaiser's car. See more »

Quotes

Gene Shepard: [when their child walks into the bedroom] Silly daddy, sleeping on mommy.
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Connections

Referenced in Slavoj Zizek: The Reality of the Virtual (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Want To Cry Anymore
(1940)
Composed by Victor Schertzinger
Used by permission of THE FAMOUS MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANIES
Performed by Annie Ross and The Low Note Quintet
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4 stars
11 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful, beautifully acted film about lives interweaving in Los Angeles against the backdrop of an invading poisonous bug. Ensemble cast is perfect, with standout performances by Robbins and Downey Jr. Altman succeeds in bringing us a film examining the coincidence of everyday life that we are too busy to notice. Shows a keen sense for relationships and the hardships of loss.


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