Short Cuts

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Robert Altman's ensemble drama deftly integrates its disparate characters and episodes into a funny, poignant, emotionally satisfying whole.

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Total Count: 58

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Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot (Lily Tomlin) accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather (Jack Lemmon) tells his son, Howard (Bruce Davison), about his past affairs. Meanwhile, a baker (Lyle Lovett) starts harassing the family when they fail to pick up the boy's birthday cake.

Cast & Crew

Andie MacDowell
Ann Finnigan
Bruce Davison
Howard Finnigan
Julianne Moore
Marian Wyman
Matthew Modine
Dr. Ralph Wyman
Lily Tomlin
Doreen Piggot
Tom Waits
Earl Piggot
Chris Penn
Jerry Kaiser
Lyle Lovett
Andy Bitkower
Robert Altman
Writer (Screenplay)
Frank Barhydt
Writer (Screenplay)
Scott Bushnell
Executive Producer
Gavin Friday
Original Music
Mark Isham
Original Music
Walt Lloyd
Cinematographer
Suzy Elmiger
Film Editor
Geraldine Peroni
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Critic Reviews for Short Cuts

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Short Cuts

  • Oct 08, 2015
    Short Cuts is a film of many quirks. It is a big film that feels like a little one. It is a dark film that feels light. If you want an indication as to whether you will enjoy the film, check out the cast. I rate this film up mainly because I love watching these actors act. I don't believe the length is a problem because it is the type of film that is very easy to stop and then pick right back up again without losing a beat.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2012
    This "companion" piece to the Player inconsistent. Sometimes it has the charm of The Player but ultimately the work is not cohesive enough.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2012
    Altman and his co-writer do a tremendous job at mixing R. Carver's shorts stories and making them relevant together. They should have won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The final product is a bunch of engaging intertwining stories set in L.A. The acting is solid and the tone is perfect. Just like Carver's short stories, there is no real ending, which is a clever adaptation decision in my opinion. A threat for both fans of Altman AND Carver.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2012
    The best american film of the 90's.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer

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