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Cutter's Way (1981)

Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writers:

Newton Thornburg (novel), Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Richard Bone
John Heard ... Alex Cutter
Lisa Eichhorn ... 'Mo'
Ann Dusenberry ... Valerie Duran
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... J. J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... George Swanson
Nina van Pallandt ... Woman in the Hotel (as Nina Van Pallandt)
Patricia Donahue ... Mrs. Cord
Geraldine Baron Geraldine Baron ... Susie Swanson
Katherine Pass Katherine Pass ... Toyota Woman
Francis X. McCarthy ... Toyota Man (as Frank McCarthy)
George Planco George Planco ... Toyota Cop
Jay Fletcher Jay Fletcher ... Cord Security Guard
George Dickerson George Dickerson ... Mortician
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Concession Owner
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Storyline

Alex Cutter (Heard) came back from war minus an eye, a leg, and an arm and mad as hell. He lacks direction, drinks too much, and abuses his wife (Eichhorn). One night his friend Richard Bone (Bridges) witnesses someone dumping something in an alley; it turns out to be the body of a young girl. When Cutter hears about it, he embarks on a crusade to expose the killer, enlisting the help of the murdered girl's sister. Bone reluctantly joins them. Are they right or are they in search of their white whale? Written by Anonymous

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On March 20, 1981 a film titled "Cutter and Bone" opened in New York. In the months that followed the film became a legend. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cutter and Bone See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,729,274

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,752,634
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Production Co:

Gurian Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Valerie's disappearance is never explained neither noted by the main characters. See more »

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George Swanson: [to Richard] Sooner or later you're going to have to make a decision about something.
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Music by Jack Nitzsche
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A hauntingly beautiful portrayal of cynicism and the pathetic human condition
1 April 2005 | by greenscreen2See all my reviews

I stumbled upon this movie at the Nickelodeon on Cape Cod the year of its release...at a time when VCR's and DVD's weren't a part of our culture...when you had to travel to obscure and far-out theaters to see obscure and far-out films during the fading window of opportunity offered as its limited run at the movie house. What a gem. I was instantly riveted by the story and the classic performances that brought it to life. The pathetic human condition personified in Cutter, Bone, and Mo is so exquisitely rendered as to be tragic...only salvaged by the clear-eyed wit and insight of John Heard's Cutter and the tempered and logical cynicism and indifference offered up by Bone(Jeff Bridges)as the balance that only these begrudging friends could provide each other. Lisa Eichorn's character(Mo) exhibits equal measures of the qualities both her male couterparts have and her subtle performance points up the conflict she feels in simultaneously rejecting and craving their opposing energies. The scene where she chews them both out for their selfish and naive plot and their spirited responses seems to spill from their beings as genuine emotion...not written dialogue...and it still sends chills through me...very powerful...and the scene where she is made painfully aware of Bone's incurable drive to bed women as she falls prey to his momentary sympathies ..when coupled with her husband's(Cutter) inability to give a soft refuge to her is so tragically realistic...tears flow. Everyone's shortcoming's cross-up everyone else's and as the surrealistic climax develops its symbolism and power are Shakespearian. This movie works as a crime thriller, a portrait of the underbelly of American culture most evidenced in its loss of confidence and embrace of cynicism that came to the surface post-Vietnam...but most successfully as a great character-driven love story and tragedy.


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