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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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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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$106,553 (USA) (3 October 1993)

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$6,110,979 (USA)
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One of two 1993 films featuring Matthew Modine and Lily Tomlin as part of a large ensemble cast. The other being And the Band Played On (1993). See more »

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

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Stuart Kane: Ah, Christ! That's my half supply.
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Referenced in Tesis (1996) See more »

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Nothing Can Stop Me Now
Composed by Horace Silver
Performed by The Low Note Quintet
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Six degrees of separation
18 May 2002 | by (Flagstaff, AZ) – See all my reviews

In front of a group of fishermen, a waitress bends over for a slab of butter. They take in the image like hungry wolves gulping meat, as her skirt rises high, revealing everything. They like what they see, so they ask her, `Can we have more butter, please?' The double meaning is obvious.

In a nightclub, a singer languishes over a sultry little song about `a good, punishing kiss.' The conversation in the foreground -- ex-cons relating cruel, violent stories from prison -- moves to the rhythm of the jazz saxophone, a dissonant snare-drum-prose accompaniment to the song. It's a deliberate ambiguity that binds the viewer in the scene's artistic tension.

In an upscale home with a breathtaking view of the city of angels, a struggling artist is being questioned about her relationship with another artist. She's naked from the waist down, suggesting both sexual aggressiveness, and vulnerability, simultaneously. She's seductively defiant with her husband. She confesses to an affair; but she does so angrily, indignant for being asked. It's sweet and sour, light and dark, truthful but deceptive, all at once. More double entendres.

Robert Altman's Short Cuts weaves all these disconnected scenes together like common strands of rope. It's the interplay of opposites that firmly holds them all together. The title itself, `Short Cuts,' has dual meaning: it's an interconnected mixture of `short cuts,' as in `off the cutting room floor' or `film clips;' and, it's an unmistakable reference to the web of human life, the social short cuts between ourselves and everyone else, as in the famous `six degrees of separation,' which tells us that we are only six personal relationships away from everyone else in the world. Set in LA, this idea makes for a lovely irony: although the main characters are completely absorbed in their individual worlds, they are intimately connected to each other. They just don't know it.

Short Cuts is one of Altman's masterpieces. See it if you can.


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