Cutter's Way

Cutter's Way

DVD - 1981
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When his best friend is accused of murder, a Vietnam veteran tries to solve the case.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c1981
ISBN: 9780792850267
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 CUT NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd. col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 07, 2018

"Cutter's Way," Ivan Passer's moody and eccentric 1981 drama, is the kind of film that requires repeated viewings. It's such a sad work, with unforgettable characters lost in a dreamy depression of white California sunshine. It's become a cult film, and perhaps its reputation precedes it.
It was because of that very reputation that I first viewed the film as a youth and wondered what all the fuss was about. Now as an adult, I have seen it again and suddenly understand it's dark agony. "Cutter's Way" is not an easy film to like, limping along much like its title character, enraged and filled with the bitterness of unfortunate fate.

Jan 06, 2018

Ivan Passer’s drama, based on a bestseller, fails on whatever level you choose to judge it. As a policier it lacks both suspense and mystery leaving you to wonder just where in hell the cops were while all the action was going on and there isn’t enough cohesiveness for a decent character study: Bridges stares mildly into the camera (sans shirt thank God!); when Heard is not screaming or sulking, his grizzled croak and exaggerated limp make him sound like a white trash Long John Silver; and the women provide little more than window dressing. Finally, despite its pervasive sense of melancholy and staged outrage, as a moral allegory there is just not enough meat to separate good from evil causing a key love scene to go limp and making an avenging entrance sadly comical. Meandering, tedious, and dramatically overblown.

Jan 02, 2018

Exceptional script, direction and performances make this elliptical neo-noir a forgotten classic. It might take two viewings to fully appreciate the film ( like it did for me ).

ssiegel Jun 12, 2014

One of the best, most underrated thrillers ever made; Jeff Bridges is perfectly cast as a layabout gigolo who witnesses what may be a murder, egged on to confronting the accused by his half-crazed Vietnam vet buddy John Heard. Existentially haunting.

Jul 06, 2011

An adaptation from a novel that most likely was much better than this movie. The main characters, Cutter and Bone, are portrayed by John Heard and Jeff Bridges. Bone is witness to a body dump of a young girl. He ultimately believes that a rich oil man in town was the killer. In fact, the oil magnate may be responsible for several people's deaths. When a blackmail scheme fails, Cutter and Bone must take matters into their own hands. Good storyline, but not very well acted.

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