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Short Cuts

3.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Andie MacDowell, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins, Bruce Davison, Jack Lemmon
  • Directors: John Dorr, Mike Kaplan, Robert Altman
  • Writers: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt, Raymond Carver
  • Producers: Cary Brokaw, David Levy
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Nov. 16 2004
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000305ZXO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,667 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Short Cuts (The Criterion Collection)

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If aliens came down to earth to see if humanity was worth saving, showing them Short Cuts, Robert Altman's bluesy riff on life in LA in the 90s, would not be a good idea. Based on the stories of Raymond Carver (adapted by Altman and Frank Barhydt), this ambitious film is a devilish valentine to living in LA, where happiness comes at a premium. There are at least eight separate stories that crisscross, most about people who choose not to relate to the lives they are living. Seemingly by design, none of the stories (nor the performances for that matter) have more impact than the others--this is a true mosaic film. The most representative plot deals with a group of friends (Buck Henry, Fred Ward, and Huey Lewis) who decide to keep fishing even after discovering a body in the river. The story works as a morose comedy and a flag holder for the movie: the inability to take the correct action. Others would rather talk about seeing Alex Trebek than discuss their faltering relationships. A huge and talented cast twists in the wind, bumping into moments of truth, sex and passion. Some even come out all right in the end. The accidental nature of life--a common theme in many Altman films--has never been so maddeningly persistent nor so absorbing. The score by Mark Isham with songs sung by Annie Ross (also a cast member) fuels the moodiness, as does the opening number in which Medfly helicopters spray the town to the tune "Prisoner of Life." Delivering the film a year after his biggest hit in two decades, The Player, Altman proved his artistic tenacity as an aged artist with the heart of a new filmmaker: he's not afraid at risking it all. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Altman's singature classic with twenty two characters and ten nearly distinct tales. Imagine the ingenuity required to interweave all of that into a seamless whole, but Altman manages the feat deliciously.
While the individual threads may coax discussion, it is their blending that enables a variety of perspectives. Most of them are poignant, for instance the life of a pool cleaner and his wife who vocalizes orgasms on the phone in her job as a tele-sex worker while changing her kids' diapers. Or the life of a couple whose son has been in a tragic accident that brings their lives to an abrupt halt. Etc.
Be warned, many of these vignettes, while very tautly scripted and cleverly screenplayed, remain "unresolved," which may not work for some viewers. Personally I feel that films like this are more genuine reflections of the world in which we live: people often don't change, questions are frequently left unanswered, and unbecoming things do happen every day.
It's a pure pleasure to find a movie that weaves such a deep and intelligent tapestry of human lives, with all their idiosynchratic travails and triumphs. An absolute gem for you to own, not just rent.
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For all the soap fan out there listen up!! if you like to stick your nose into other people's problems this is the film for you..it deals with all issues from sex, drugs, even death...it gives you in inside on how families really are...this will not panit that pretty picture of the beaver family for you...i highly recommend this movie to any one who likes to stay at the edge of there seats with surprises and loves to laugh. thanks for taking the time to reading the reveiw, liz g. a kendal college student (film class)
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I certainly liked this film, especially after a 2nd viewing. But it's weak spots kept me from feeling it's one of Altman's very best. There are some less than great performances in key roles -- some actors are miscast, or playing caricatures, or are just not that brilliant. Some story lines seem facile, and the ending feels unsatisfyingly convenient and cute. Still, there's a lot that's funny, and a lot that's moving. It just never quite has the depth, or power or overall vision of it's earlier multi-character epic cousin, 'Nashville'. That said, most critics and people seemed to like it even more than me, and it's well worth seeing and deciding for yourself.
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I certainly liked this film, especially after a 2nd viewing. But it's weak spots kept me from feeling it's one of Altman's very best. There are some less than great performances in key roles -- some actors are miscast, or playing caricatures, or are just not that brilliant. Some story lines seem facile, and the ending feels unsatisfyingly convenient and cute. Still, there's a lot that's funny, and a lot that's moving. It just never quite has the depth, or power or overall vision of it's earlier multi-character epic cousin, 'Nashville'. That said, most critics and people seemed to like it even more than me, and it's well worth seeing and deciding for yourself.
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This was a very interesting movie. I absolutely loved the story within a story concept. For this movie to have been as long as it was it held my attention. Just for curiousity, I had to watch because I was so interested in what was going to happen to the characters next. All in all, this was a good movie and I recommend it for a day that you don't want to do anything but watch a good movie.
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This is a panorama of L.A. made up of eight interweaving plots based on the short stories of Raymond Carver. Carver's stories don't necessarily translate that well to the screen because they are about mostly stunted emotional lives and their events take place almost entirely on the inside. So the best acting performances in Altmans Short Cuts are by the actors who can convey those vagaries well and make them interesting. Julianne Moore and Matthew Modine to my mind give the best performances as the couple which finds it is unable to directly cope with a three year old moment of infidelity. Moore is a painter who paints people appropriately frozen in one emotion or another(similar to Longo or Salle) and Modine a doctor who is not equipped to see things except with scientific eyes. The two have some memorable moments together when their lives intersect with another plot line. They invite Anne Archer and Fred Ward(who are having their own meltdown) over for an L.A. cook out and the evening turns into a weekend. They all end up in clown make up as the strange and liberating weekend wears on. Wish this segment would have been given a whole movies worth of treatment.
Other stories include Andie Macdowell and Bruce Davidson and their little boy who is hit by a car driven by Lily Tomlin whose lover is played by Tom Waits. The first couple experiences grief while the second rebirth. Tomlins daughter is played by Lily Taylor and her group of friends include Robert Downey Jr. and Jennifer Jason Leigh and their story line just never fully develops into anything. Tim Robbins plays a philandering motorcycle cop whose wife is played by Madeline Stowe.
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