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A suitably cynical neo-noir that echoes the disillusionment of its era, Cutter's Way relies on character-driven drama further elevated by the work of an outstanding cast. Read critic reviews

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Best friends Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) and Alex Cutter (John Heard) are two middle-class guys living in an upper-class town. The Santa Barbara buddies get dragged into a murder mystery when Richard accidentally spots a man ditching a body into a trash can. Alex, an embittered Vietnam veteran who lost an eye and leg in the war, thinks what Richard saw is worth something, especially when it comes out that the potential murderer is a wealthy and powerful man in the community.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Bridges
Richard Bone
John Heard
Alex Cutter
Lisa Eichhorn
Maureen "Mo" Cutter
Ann Dusenberry
Valerie Duran
Arthur Rosenberg
George Swanson
Geraldine Baron
Susie Swanson
Jeffrey Fiskin
Screenwriter
Jordan Cronenweth
Cinematographer
Jack Nitzsche
Original Music
Josan F. Russo
Production Design
Josan Russo
Art Director
Thomas L. Roysden
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Critic Reviews for Cutter's Way

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  • Apr 29, 2015
    Non-cohesive but impressively charismatic and well performed neo noir. Bridges, Heard and Lisa Eichhorn have great chemistry together and richly defined characters with rough edges. My only regret is that the plot never tickens, and wanders without consistency through romance, comedy and paranoia. The story ends on a grim, and yet perfect note.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2012
    The crime thriller didn't manage to tickle the bones enough. Not an ideal source of entertainment, but tolerable all the same.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2012
    John Heard is SO good in this movie! The plot is, for lack of a better word. Crazy! A disfigured Vietnam Veteran named, Cutter. Who is more known for his drinking. Begins looking into the murder of a young girl, after his friend reveals he may have seen the killer. After a series of ups and downs, both personally and physically. The two men find their opportunity to nab the man, they hold responsible for the heinous crime. Then, it all comes to a head. In one shocking and dramatic ending, that you soon won't forget. You gotta check this movie out! Mostly due to John Heard's performance as Cutter, it is amazing!
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2012
    Though lacking in both resolution and story line, "Cutter's Way" benefits from strong lead performances, well-written characters, and totally uncompromising direction. Heard and Bridges each deliver equally balanced performances, though Heard often overpowers Bridges from scene to scene. It's a snooze-fest, but these kinds of films are always so interesting to me. I enjoyed it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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