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Short Cuts (1993)

The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.

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While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation a group of Los Angeles lives intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. Whilst they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, they also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away, even on a fishing trip. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Short Cuts raises the roof on America See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for graphic sexual language, and for nudity | See all certifications »

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1 October 1993 (Italy)  »

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Vidas cruzadas  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$106,553, 3 October 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,110,979
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2.35 : 1
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In preparation for her role as a phone-sex operator in the film, Leigh spent time in actual phone-sex offices researching her role, during which time she claims to have read the call logs and recognized some prominent names, including two film directors she personally knew. See more »

Goofs

When Paul and Howard are sitting in the hospital cafeteria, the food items on the table keep changing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Sherri Shepard: Wouldn't it be a trip if Alex Trebek bought a nude painting of me?
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Getaway/Blank Check/My Girl 2 (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Gonna Go Fishin
(1959)
Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Peggy Lee
Published by CHAPPELL AND CO. DIC/ASCAP
DENNLOW MUSIC. ASCAP
Performed by Annie Ross and The Low Note Quintet
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Among Altman's Best
24 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

The day-to-day lives of a number of suburban Los Angeles residents.

In many ways, this film is a follow-up to Altman's "Nashville", another story of several people (twenty-four) going about their day in Nashville. How many characters are in this story of folks in Los Angeles? Probably about the same.

If anything, this story strikes me as better. Better scripted, for sure, and with much more mystery and suspense (and more dead bodies). We have an incredible cast: Tom Waits and Jennifer Jason Leigh steal the show, but Robert Downey, Tim Robbins, Chris Penn and a dozen others are amazing, too.


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