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Short Cuts [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Using the short stories of Raymond Carver as a jumping-off point, American maverick director Robert Altman weaves a tapestry of interlocking tales set against the seedy backdrop of contemporary middle-class Los Angeles. Tracking the various stages of denial, rage, and despair in the lives of several couples--a philandering cop and his masochistic spouse (Tim Robbins and Madeline Stowe); a helicopter pilot who gets revenge on his ex by trashing her house (Peter Gallagher and Frances McDormand); a man and woman whose perfect life falls apart when they lose their son in a hit-and-run accident (Bruce Davison and Andie MacDowell); a pool cleaner who listens in mounting frustration to his wife performing phone sex each day while tending her brood of children (Chris Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh); a wealthy couple who are haunted by an incident from the past (Matthew Modine and Julianne Moore); an aging jazz singer and her suicidal daughter (Annie Ross and Lori Singer); an alcoholic limo driver and his waitress wife (Tom Waits and Lily Tomlin)--Altman reveals their common threads of family dysfunction and marital discord in the unforgiving glare of the Southern California sunlight. The result is a sweeping motion picture that also stands as an important sociological artifact of late 20th century Los Angeles life.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1776

  • Credits
    Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Anne Archer, Matthew Modine, Madeleine Stowe, Buck Henry, Buck Henry Zuckerman, Lily Tomlin, Mary Jean Tomlin, Lori Singer, Jack Lemmon, John Uhler Lemmon, Lyle Lovett, Huey Lewis, Robert Downey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Christopher Penn, Lili Taylor, Tom Waits, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Jarrett Lennon, Annie Ross, Margery Bond, Robert DoQui, Darnell Williams, Michael Beach, Charles Rocket, Dirk Blocker, Natalie Strong
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Big, tumultuous, very fine....Most of the performances are astonishing..."
    New York Times

    "...An arch tapestry..." - Recommended

    "...SHORT CUTS is a logical triumph, certainly; a masterpiece of orchestration....Comic touches...biting irony and delight in observation..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Robert Altman has made his most complex and full-bodied human comedy since NASHVILLE in SHORT CUTS..."

    "...SHORT CUTS splices together a world of gummed-up connections, of lives overlapping in an awesome plaid of chance encounters and terrible accidents..."
    Film Comment

    "...Altman is fascinated by the accidental nature of life....He likes the messiness and coincidence of real life, where you can do your best, and some days it's just not good enough..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    5 stars out of 5 -- "SHORT CUTS paints a lonely picture of modern Los Angeles, capturing the idiosyncrasies of human behavior amid the uncertainty of everyday existence."

    4 stars out of 5 -- "An A-grade cast offer some of their best work ever: Jack Lemmon gives one of his most affecting late performances..."

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