Cover image for Short cuts :
Short cuts :
Director-approved special widescreen ed.
Publication Information:
[UNITED STATES] : The Criterion Collection, 2008.
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (ca. 183 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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MPAA rating: R.
Language Note:
English audio.

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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"Based on the writings of Raymond Carter"--Container.
A look at human life and American culture with over 20 characters' lives interweaving. Includes a new widescreen restored transfer of the film, a making-of documentary, interviews, deleted scenes, and much more.

"Roaringly funny...A terrific movie!"--New York Times.

"One of the most remarkable ensemble casts in any American film."--Newsweek.

"****."--USA Today.

"***1/2...its potent impact as a rich tapestry of contemporary life...marlevous literary adaptation...Highly Recommended."--Video Librarian.
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Based on stories by Raymond Carver, Short Cuts follows 22 Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect over the course of a few days. Ann and Howard Finnegan (Andie MacDowell and Bruce Davison) are preparing for their son Casey's birthday party when the boy is injured in an auto accident and falls into a coma. Meanwhile, Andy (Lyle Lovett), a baker, seethes with anger over the birthday cake that wasn't claimed, and Howard's father, Paul (Jack Lemmon), decides that a visit with his ailing grandson is a good time to discuss his infidelities. Lois (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a new mother who watches over her baby when not making money doing phone sex, which bothers her husband, Jerry (Chris Penn), though he knows they need the money. Pilot "Stormy" Weathers (Peter Gallagher) takes a very literal approach to dividing up community property with his ex-wife (Frances McDormand). Doreen (Lily Tomlin) is trying on to hold her marriage with Earl (Tom Waits), who is a good man on the rare occasions that he's sober. Zoe (Lori Singer), a classical musician, is trying to find some way to connect with her mother, Tess (Annie Ross), a jazz singer. Dr. Ralph Wyman (Matthew Modine) and his wife, Marian (Julianne Moore) put their bickering on hold while they have dinner with another couple, Stuart and Claire Kane (Fred Ward and Anne Archer). Stuart and his pals Gordon and Vern (Buck Henry and Huey Lewis) earlier went on a fishing trip where they discovered the body of a drowned woman but decided not to report it until the end of the weekend. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

Multiple-Oscar-nominated director Altman loosely but skillfully adapts nine Raymond Carver (1938-88) short stories in this sprawling and ambitious cinematic masterpiece. While changing the settings from the Pacific Northwest to suburban Los Angeles, altering a few plot details, and occasionally contriving connections among originally unrelated pieces, this adaptation faithfully captures the spirit of Carver's mostly downbeat but sometimes quirky and darkly funny tales of love, lust, jealousy, and loneliness. The film boasts an all-star cast, with Holly-wood heavyweights such as Jack Lemmon, Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, and Robert Downey Jr. delivering convincing and memorable performances that bring Carver's characters to life. The new digital transfer looks and sounds wonderful, but the most impressive feature is the generous assortment of bonus material on the second disc, highlighted by a feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary and a filmed conversation between Altman and Robbins. VERDICT This package is a must-have for all movie buffs and Carver fans who don't already own Criterion's 2008 release. [See Trailers, LJ 9/1/16.]-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.