Cutter's Way (1981)

Cutter's Way (1981)

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When his close friend, a small-time hustler and drifter, is falsely accused of murder, disabled Vietnam veteran Alex Cutter reluctantly comes to his defense. This gritty drama depicts the mixed emotions of the alcoholic, alienated Cutter as he attempts to uncover the truth.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
United Artists Classics

Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Richard Bone
John Heard
as Alex Cutter
Ann Dusenberry
as Valerie Duran
Anne Dusenberry
as Valerie Duran
Stephen Elliott
as J.J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg
as George Swanson
Nina Van Pallandt
as Woman in Hotel
Patricia Donahue
as Mrs. Cord
Geraldine Baron
as Susie Swanson
Katherine Pass
as Toyota Woman
Frank McCarthy
as Toyota Man
George Planco
as Toyota Cop
Anne Dusenberry
as Valerie Duran
Jay Fletcher
as Security Guard
George Dickerson
as Mortician
Jack Murdock
as Concession Owner
Essex Smith
as Black
Rod Gist
as Black
Julia Duffy
as Young Girl
Randy Shephard
as Young Man
Roy Hollis
as Working Stiff
Billy Drago
as Garbage Man
Caesar Cordova
as Garbage Truck Driver
Jon Terry
as Police Captain
Chris Noth
as Guard at estate gate (uncredited)
William Pelt
as Detective
Ron Marcroft
as Detective
Ted White
as Guard #1
Tony Epper
as Guard #2
Andy Epper
as Guard #3
Chris Howell
as Guard #4
H.P. Evetts
as Guard #5
Ron Burke
as Guard #6
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Critic Reviews for Cutter's Way

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Suffers from a terminal case of creative indecision.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

The result is nothing less than a modern masterpiece, and a film ripe for rediscovery.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the sort of picture that never wants to concede what it's about. It is, however, enchanted by the sound of its own dialogue, which is vivid without being informative or even amusing on any level.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Cutter's Way is at once an American film of its time and for all ensuing times, an ugly-truth endeavor examining a nation in which the rich and powerful literally get away with murder while the poor and pitiful barely exist at all.

Full Review… | May 7, 2016
Creative Loafing

One of the final triumphs of the New Hollywood era, Cutter's Way belongs on the shelf of fans of both Cassavetian hyperreal melodrama and Pakula-esque political thrillers.

Full Review… | May 3, 2016
Slant Magazine

An inspiring film, it is constructed like a thriller; but instead of reaching for thrills, it leaves them in the background and concentrates on the complexities of its characters.

Full Review… | January 30, 2015
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Cutter's Way

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 Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

½

The crime thriller didn't manage to tickle the bones enough. Not an ideal source of entertainment, but tolerable all the same.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

A forgotten paranoia trhiller from the 80s which delivers the goods with complex characters and great performances from Jeff Bridges and John Heard.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

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