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Short Cuts (1993)

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

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Raymond Carver (writings), Robert Altman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andie MacDowell ... Ann Finnigan
Bruce Davison ... Howard Finnigan
Jack Lemmon ... Paul Finnigan
Zane Cassidy Zane Cassidy ... Casey Finnigan
Julianne Moore ... Marian Wyman
Matthew Modine ... Dr. Ralph Wyman
Anne Archer ... Claire Kane
Fred Ward ... Stuart Kane
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lois Kaiser
Chris Penn ... Jerry Kaiser
Joseph C. Hopkins Joseph C. Hopkins ... Joe Kaiser
Josette Maccario Josette Maccario ... Josette Kaiser
Lili Taylor ... Honey Bush
Robert Downey Jr. ... Bill Bush
Madeleine Stowe ... Sherri Shepard
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas cruzadas See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In preparation for her role as a phone-sex operator in the film, Leigh spent time in actual phone-sex offices researching her role, during which time she claims to have read the call logs and recognized some prominent names, including two film directors she personally knew. 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

Lois Kaiser: [talking through sex hotline] Oh! I can feel your balls up against my ass!
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References Moby Dick (1956) See more »

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Well acted but emotionally lacking
1 October 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A classic bit of Altman - the story of cross-cutting lives over several days in LA. Featuring an all-star cast featuring a host of great character actors including Tim Robins, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh to name a few.

The performances are wonderful without exception (even Andie McDowell does OK). The intertwining stories are interesting up until the end - three hours goes past almost effortlessly and unnoticed. My only problem with the film is the lack of any real emotional punch or meaning in all of the stories. The majority of the stories have the potential for strong emotions to draw the audience in but the majority don't let it out too much (like real life I suppose), the one story that does let the characters feel (the story of McDowell's child) is not that convincing. Some of the stories don't make a lot of sense and don't feel based in reality. Compared to Magnolia, Glengarry Glen Ross, 12 Angry Men and other ensemble pieces this engages on an interest level but lacks an emotional involvement. I know that this is often on critic's top-ten lists but I felt that interesting stories and great acting do not make up for the lack of an emotional centre to the film. And the conclusion makes very little sense in relation to one of the stories in particular.


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