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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 & 18 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

While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Short Cuts raises the roof on America See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of two 1993 releases featuring Chris Penn and Michael Beach. The other being True Romance (1993). See more »

Goofs

In the climactic sequence at Griffith Park, a girl has a cigarette balanced between her ear and her head. The cigarette appears and disappears repeatedly during the sequence, depending on the individual camera angles. See more »

Quotes

Earl Piggot: You know, I don't know who you think would wanna look at your sad, middle aged ass anymore!
Doreen Piggot: Don't talk to me like that and don't you come back here! I'm not taking you back no more, understand? No more, I'm not taking you back!
Earl Piggot: I'm not COMING back!
Doreen Piggot: Slobbering over Honey like that, it was so embarrassing...
Earl Piggot: I never touched Honey!
Doreen Piggot: I didn't say you touched her, I said you slobbered on her!
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Connections

Referenced in Impossible Dreams (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Go Fishin
(1959)
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Peggy Lee
Published by CHAPPELL AND CO. DIC/ASCAP
DENNLOW MUSIC. ASCAP
Performed by Annie Ross and The Low Note Quintet
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User Reviews

 
4 stars
11 January 2001 | by matt caccamoSee 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Short Cuts See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,110,979

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,110,979
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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