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Cutter's Way

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After emigrating to the United States in 1969, Czech-born director Ivan Passer finally broke through to American audiences with his fourth film, a unique blend of mystery and social commentary. Cutter's Way is set in Santa Barbara, CA, a community of wealth and power. Its main characters, however, are among the town's have-nots: Richard Bone Jeff Bridges, a beach-boy gigolo starting to go to seed; Bone's best friend Alex Cutter (John Heard), a Vietnam veteran maimed in body and spirit; and Mo (Lisa Eichorn), ...
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Overview

After emigrating to the United States in 1969, Czech-born director Ivan Passer finally broke through to American audiences with his fourth film, a unique blend of mystery and social commentary. Cutter's Way is set in Santa Barbara, CA, a community of wealth and power. Its main characters, however, are among the town's have-nots: Richard Bone Jeff Bridges, a beach-boy gigolo starting to go to seed; Bone's best friend Alex Cutter (John Heard), a Vietnam veteran maimed in body and spirit; and Mo (Lisa Eichorn), Cutter's alcoholic wife. When Cutter spots one of the community's most prominent citizens in the act of covering up a murder, Bone insists that the police would never take their word over that of a man of wealth and prestige. Cutter seizes the opportunity to blackmail the killer, as a means of striking back at a system he thinks sent him off to an unjust war and ruined his life. The film was fortunate to fall into the hands of United Artists Classics, a new division of the company crippled by the financial disaster of Heaven's Gate. UA Classics adroitly marketed Cutter's Way, riding a wave of rave reviews and good word-of-mouth among more discriminating filmgoers to modest box-office success.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Cutter's Way offers an unblinking look at darker side of California dreaming. The prism through which we get that view is Santa Barbara, arguably the state's most beautiful town, nestled between the mountains and the ocean and home to a wealthy citizenry who maintain strict vigilance over zoning, architecture, and maintenance of their fair city (if Santa Barbara could be, it would be the world's first gated city). Director Ivan Passer approaches this paradise from its underbelly, focusing on a trio of disaffected types: the beachside gigolo trading on his looks for cash from bored women, the embittered and crippled war veteran picking over his physical and psychic wounds, and the alcoholic wife supporting her man but slowly losing her dignity. Their plan to bring down one of the community's burghers with an audacious blackmail scheme is conceived in bitterness and boredom. Anchored by three strong lead performances, Cutter's Way is acutely sensitive to the bitterness that gnaws at people drawn to the physical charms of California, only to be disappointed by their inability to share in the false promise of happiness those charms hold out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • UPC: 883904130031
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Richard Bone
John Heard Alex Cutter
Lisa Eichhorn Maureen "Mo" Cutter
Anne Dusenberry Valerie Duran
Stephen Elliott J.J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg George Swanson
Nina Van Pallandt Woman in Hotel
Patricia Donahue Mrs. Cord
Geraldine Baron Susie Swanson
Andy Epper
Frank McCarthy Toyota Man
Jay Fletcher Security Guard
George Dickerson Mortician
Jack Murdock Concession Owner
Essex Smith Black #1
Rod Gist Black #2
Leonard Lightfoot Black
Julia Duffy Young Girl
Billy Drago Garbage Man
Caesar Cordova Garbage Truck Driver
Ted White Guard #1
Tony Epper Guard #2
Chris Howell Guard #4
Ron Burke Guard #6
Chris Noth Guard at estate gate (uncredited)
Technical Credits
Ivan Passer Director
Caroline Biggerstaff Editor
Ron Burke Stunts
Jeffrey Chernov Producer
Jordan S. Cronenweth Cinematographer
Tony Epper Stunts
Caroline Ferriol Editor
Jeffrey Allen Fiskin Screenwriter
Larry Franco Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Paul R. Gurian Producer
Petur Hliddal Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Howell Stunts
Jack Nitzsche Score Composer
Ben Nye Jr. Makeup
Barrie M. Osborne Associate Producer
Thomas Roysden Set Decoration/Design
Glynn Rubin Stunts
Josan F. Russo Art Director
Jay Salerno Stunts
Ted White Stunts
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