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Short Cuts ()


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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.
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Ann Finnigan
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Howard Finnigan
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Paul Finnigan
Zane Cassidy ...
Casey Finnigan
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Marian Wyman
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Dr. Ralph Wyman
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Claire Kane
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Stuart Kane
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Lois Kaiser
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Jerry Kaiser
Joseph C. Hopkins ...
Joe Kaiser
Josette Maccario ...
Josette Kaiser
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Honey Bush
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Bill Bush
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Sherri Shepard
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Gene Shepard
Cassie Friel ...
Sandy Shepard
Dustin Friel ...
Will Shepard
Austin Friel ...
Austin Shepard
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Doreen Piggot
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Earl Piggot
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Betty Weathers
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Stormy Weathers
Jarrett Lennon ...
Chad Weathers
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Tess Trainer / Vocals - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
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Zoe Trainer / Cello - The Trout Quintet
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Andy Bitkower
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Gordon Johnson
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Vern Miller
Danny Darst ...
Aubrey Bell
Margery Bond ...
Dora Willis (as Margerie Bond)
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Knute Willis (as Robert Do'Qui)
Darnell Williams ...
Joe Robbins
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Jim Stone
Andi Chapman ...
Harriet Stone
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Barbara
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Nancy
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Wally Littleton
Jane Alden ...
Mrs. Schwartzmeier
Christian Altman ...
Jimmy Miller
William H.D. Marlett ...
Jimmy's Friend (as Willie Marlett)
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Diner Customer
Suzanne Calvert ...
Tarmac Secretary
Natalie Strong ...
Mourner
Jay Della ...
Bartender
Jeri Gray ...
Club Owner (as Jeruth Persson)
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Joe Robbins' Pal
Nathaniel Harris ...
Joe Robbins' Pal (as Nathaniel H. Harris III)
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Himself
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Himself
Terry Adams ...
Piano - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Bobby Previte ...
Drums - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
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Bass - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Gene Estes ...
Vibes - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Bruce Fowler ...
Trombone - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Stuart Canin ...
1st Violin - The Trout Quintet
Anatoly Rosinsky ...
Violin - The Trout Quintet
Roland Kato ...
Viola - The Trout Quintet
Armen Guzelimian ...
Piano - The Trout Quintet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damon Charles ...
Makeup Teacher (uncredited)
Michael Hollander ...
Knute Willis' son (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited)
Andrew Levinson ...
Bill Bush's Model (uncredited)
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Makeup Artist (uncredited)
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Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
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Makeup Model (uncredited)
Dani Shear ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Ken Twohy ...
The Cook (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Altman

Written by

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Raymond Carver ... (writings)
 
Robert Altman ... (screenplay) &
Frank Barhydt ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Cary Brokaw ... producer
Scott Bushnell ... executive producer
Mike Kaplan ... associate producer
David Levy ... associate producer

Music by

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Mark Isham ... (original score composed by)

Cinematography by

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Walt Lloyd ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Suzy Elmiger ... film editor
Geraldine Peroni ... (edited by)

Editorial Department

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Jade Altman ... apprentice editor
Charles Cooper ... apprentice editor
Jeffrey Cranford ... assistant editor
Sandra Kaufman ... first assistant editor
David Leonard ... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick ... color timer (as Michael Stanwick)
Dylan Tichenor ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Stephen Altman

Art Direction by

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Jerry Fleming

Set Decoration by

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Susan Emshwiller ... (as Susan J. Emshwiller)

Costume Design by

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John Hay ... (costumes by)

Makeup Department

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DeeDee Altamura ... hair (as Dee Dee Altamura) / makeup (as Dee Dee Altamura)
Theo Mayes ... hair supervisor / makeup supervisor
Damon Charles ... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Christopher Allen Nelson ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Diana Pokorny ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Allan F. Nicholls ... first assistant director (as Allan Nicholls)
Jeff Rafner ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Peter Borck ... leadman
Randall M. Boyd ... swing gang
John Bucklin ... construction coordinator (as John E. Bucklin)
Kelly Deco ... scenic paint foreman
Stoney Emshwiller ... swing gang (as Peter R. Emshwiller)
James Foley ... second assistant props
Meg Freeman ... paintings: Marion's
Joseph W. Grafmuller ... swing gang (as Joseph Grafmuller)
Michelle Guastello ... art department coordinator
Gordon E. Holmes ... carpenter (as Gordon Holmes)
Kate Long ... swing gang
Josh Lusby ... art department assistant (as Joshua Lusby)
Anthony Maccario ... property master
William Maccario ... assistant property master
Ronald Price ... swing gang (as Ronald D. Price Jr.)
David Ronan ... on set dresser
Daniel C. Rothenberg ... swing gang (as Daniel Rothenberg)
Jay Schmidt ... assistant painter (as Jay G. Schmidt)
Wayne Springfield ... construction foreman
Dan Whifler ... carpenter (as Daniel Whifler)

Sound Department

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Michael Barry ... re-recording mixer
Miriam Biderman ... foley editor
Elisha Birnbaum ... foley artist
Marko A. Costanzo ... additional foley
Margaret Crimmins ... sound effects editor
Elliot Deitch ... dialogue editor (as Elliot Dietch)
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer
Geeta Gandbhir ... apprentice sound editor
John Glaeser ... cable puller
Frank Kern ... additional foley
George A. Lara ... foley recordist
Julie Lindner ... assistant sound editor
Barry Malawski ... apprentice sound editor
Eliza Paley ... supervising sound editor
John Pritchett ... production sound mixer
Bruce Pross ... additional foley
Joel Shryack ... boom operator
Paul P. Soucek ... additional sound effects
Ira Spiegel ... supervising dialogue editor
Jeffrey Stern ... dialogue editor
Zeborah Tidwell ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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John C. Hartigan ... special effects (as John Hartigan)
Chris Nelson ... special effects

Stunts

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Greg Walker ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Reed Altman ... first assistant camera
James Babineaux ... best boy electric
George M. Chappell ... electrician
Beth Cotter ... second assistant camera
James A. Earley ... grip (as James Earley)
Jack English ... gaffer
Kevin Fahey ... grip (as Kevin J. Fahey)
Michael James Fahey ... best boy grip (as Michael J. Fahey)
Scott Graves ... electrician
Christopher Lyons ... electrician
Anthony T. Marra II ... key grip
Michael A. McFadden ... grip
Daniel Murphy ... electrician
Joyce Rudolph ... still photographer
Wayne Stroud ... dolly grip
Claire Sutherland ... film loader (as Claire M. Sutherland)
Alexander Witt ... helicopter camera operator
Steve Graves ... rigger (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Lesa Lotito ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Angela Billows ... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Endries ... wardrobe assistant
Timothy A. Wonsik ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Paul D. Boydston ... location manager
Jack Kney ... location manager

Music Department

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Evan Greenspan ... music clearances (as Evan M. Greenspan)
Mark Isham ... performer: music score
Susan Jacobs ... music coordinator
Stephen Krause ... music score mixer / music score recordist
Eric Liljestrand ... music mixer / music recordist
David Speltz ... performer: music score
Hal Willner ... music producer
Ladd McIntosh ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Alonzo Brown Jr. ... driver
Bruce Callahan ... driver
C. David Earle ... driver
Steve Earle ... driver
Don Feeney ... driver
Scotty Goudreau ... driver (as Scott Goudreau)
Gil Hayes ... driver
David Joseph ... driver
Derek Raser ... transportation coordinator
William Mark Spencer ... driver
J.T. Thayer ... transportation captain (as J.T. Thayer II)
Earl Thielen ... driver (as Earl V. Thielen)
Tracy Thielen ... driver
Gregg Willis ... driver (as Greg Willis)

Other crew

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Chris Armstrong ... assistant locations (as Christopher Armstrong)
Nick Berreau ... production assistant (as Nick Bereau)
Joshua Winfield Binder ... set medic (as Joshua W. Binder)
Angie Bonner ... production assistant
Leicia Chan ... second assistant accountant
Celia Converse ... representative: Sandcastle 5
Signe Corriere ... research
Dennis Davidson ... publicity campaign
Steve Day ... production assistant (as Steven Day)
Kimberly Edwards ... production accountant (as Kimberly Edwards Shapiro)
Shannon Fopeano ... production assistant (as Sharon Dobson)
Meg Freeman ... source: Marian's paintings
Judy Geletko ... additional accounting services
Shelly Glasser ... production coordinator
Sheri Halfon ... financial representative: Avenue
Toya Hankins ... production assistant
Kristy Herr ... assistant coordinator
Michael Hubert ... production assistant
Danielle Knight ... assistant: to Cary Brokaw
Luca Kouimelis ... script supervisor
Cheryl Kurk ... assistant accountant
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
James McLindon ... assistant: to Robert Altman
Mario Ontal ... intern
Robert Pollack ... craft service
Tom Russ ... production assistant
Brett Schlaman ... production assistant
Cornelius Schultze-Kraft ... production assistant
Carl Shimkin ... production assistant
Danielle Sotet ... post-production accountant
Terry Trebilcock ... craft service
Barbara Wansbrough ... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer ... title designer (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock ... set medic (uncredited)
Debbie Nathanson ... production assistant (uncredited)
Ken Twohy ... intern (uncredited)
David A. Weiner ... production staff (uncredited)

Thanks

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Don Bachardy ... special thanks
Ira Deutchman ... special thanks
John Dorr ... special thanks
Stephen P. Dunn ... special thanks (as Steve Dunn)
Terry Ellis ... special thanks
Marianne Faithfull ... special thanks
Tess Gallagher ... special thanks
Paul Hutchinson ... special thanks
Kate Hyman ... special thanks
Alice 'A.J. The Clown' Jones ... special thanks
Michael Kirchberger ... special thanks
Luzmarie 'Jellybean The Clown' Quintana ... special thanks
Steve Trombatore ... special thanks: All Payments Services
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 husband, Earl, who is loving and concerned as long as he is sober. Jerry and Lois are friends with Doreen's daughter, Honey, and her husband, Bill, who works as a makeup artist. They entertain themselves in the apartment that they are watching while its owners are on vacation by taking some pictures of Honey in which Bill has made her up to look as if she were brutally beaten. An irate husband, Stormy, a helicopter pilot decides to divide up his estranged wife's property in a unique way. Zoe, a lonely woman who's a successful cellist wants to form a connection with her alcoholic mother Tess, a local jazz singer. Claire, a clown and her long-unemployed salesman husband, Stuart are invited to dinner for the first time by a embittered couple Marian, a painter and Dr. Ralph who get into a massive argument just before their dinner party. Marian admits she has had an affair. Both couples alleviate their stress by drinking heavily, and the party lasts all night long. Written by lament

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Taglines Short Cuts raises the roof on America See more »
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Also Known As
  • Short Cuts - Les Américains (France)
  • Vidas cruzadas (Spain)
  • Vidas cruzadas (Peru)
  • Short Cuts - Os Americanos (Portugal)
  • Ciudad de ángeles (Uruguay)
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Runtime
  • 188 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $106,553, 03 Oct 1993

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was shot in ten weeks. Each storyline was filmed in weekly divisions. See more »
Goofs Gene Shepard throws a rock through his mistress's living room window while she's away on vacation. Yet when she comes back, the window is unbroken. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks I Don't Want To Cry Anymore See more »
Quotes Marian Wyman: Are you cheating Ralph?
Dr. Ralph Wyman: No, Marian. You cheat. Remember?
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