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Short Cuts -- The everyday lives of a number of Los Angeles residents are the subject of this loosely-knitted collection of short stories.
Short Cuts -- The everyday lives of a number of Los Angeles residents are the subject of this loosely-knitted collection of short stories.


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Writers (WGA):
Raymond Carver (writings)
Robert Altman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 October 1993 (Italy) See more »
Short Cuts raises the roof on America See more »
The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 24 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Andie MacDowell ... Ann Finnigan

Bruce Davison ... Howard Finnigan

Jack Lemmon ... Paul Finnigan
Zane Cassidy ... Casey Finnigan

Julianne Moore ... Marian Wyman

Matthew Modine ... Dr. Ralph Wyman

Anne Archer ... Claire Kane

Fred Ward ... Stuart Kane

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lois Kaiser

Chris Penn ... Jerry Kaiser
Joseph C. Hopkins ... Joe Kaiser
Josette Maccario ... Josette Kaiser

Lili Taylor ... Honey Bush

Robert Downey Jr. ... Bill Bush

Madeleine Stowe ... Sherri Shepard

Tim Robbins ... Gene Shepard
Cassie Friel ... Sandy Shepard
Dustin Friel ... Will Shepard
Austin Friel ... Austin Shepard

Lily Tomlin ... Doreen Piggot

Tom Waits ... Earl Piggot

Frances McDormand ... Betty Weathers

Peter Gallagher ... Stormy Weathers
Jarrett Lennon ... Chad Weathers

Annie Ross ... Tess Trainer / Vocals - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet

Lori Singer ... Zoe Trainer / Cello - The Trout Quintet

Lyle Lovett ... Andy Bitkower

Buck Henry ... Gordon Johnson

Huey Lewis ... Vern Miller
Danny Darst ... Aubrey Bell
Margery Bond ... Dora Willis (as Margerie Bond)

Robert DoQui ... Knute Willis (as Robert Do'Qui)
Darnell Williams ... Joe Robbins

Michael Beach ... Jim Stone

Andi Chapman ... Harriet Stone

Deborah Falconer ... Barbara

Susie Cusack ... Nancy

Charles Rocket ... Wally Littleton
Jane Alden ... Mrs. Schwartzmeier
Christian Altman ... Jimmy Miller
William H.D. Marlett ... Jimmy's Friend (as Willie Marlett)

Dirk Blocker ... Diner Customer
Suzanne Calvert ... Tarmac Secretary
Natalie Strong ... Mourner
Jay Della ... Bartender
Jeri Gray ... Club Owner (as Jeruth Persson)

Derek Webster ... Joe Robbins' Pal
Nathaniel Harris ... Joe Robbins' Pal (as Nathaniel H. Harris III)

Alex Trebek ... Himself

Jerry Dunphy ... Himself
Terry Adams ... Piano - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Bobby Previte ... Drums - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Greg Cohen ... Bass - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Gene Estes ... Vibes - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Bruce Fowler ... Trombone - Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet
Stuart Canin ... 1st Violin - The Trout Quintet
Anatoly Rosinsky ... Violin - The Trout Quintet
Roland Kato ... Viola - The Trout Quintet
Armen Guzelimian ... Piano - The Trout Quintet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damon Charles ... Makeup Teacher (uncredited)
Michael Hollander ... Knute Willis' son (uncredited)

Sergio Kato ... Himself (uncredited)
Andrew Levinson ... Bill Bush's Model (uncredited)

Ron McPherson ... Makeup Artist (uncredited)

Derek Raser ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Pamela Roth ... Makeup Model (uncredited)
Dani Shear ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ken Twohy ... The Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Raymond Carver (writings)

Robert Altman (screenplay) &
Frank Barhydt (screenplay)

Produced by
Cary Brokaw .... producer
Scott Bushnell .... executive producer
Mike Kaplan .... associate producer
David Levy .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham (original score composed by)
Cinematography by
Walt Lloyd (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Suzy Elmiger (film editor)
Geraldine Peroni (edited by)
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
Art Direction by
Jerry Fleming 
Set Decoration by
Susan Emshwiller  (as Susan J. Emshwiller)
Costume Design by
John Hay (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Dee Dee Altamura .... hair
Dee Dee Altamura .... makeup
Theo Mayes .... hair supervisor
Theo Mayes .... makeup supervisor
Damon Charles .... prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)
Christopher Allen Nelson .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Diana Pokorny .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Allan F. Nicholls .... first assistant director (as Allan Nicholls)
Jeff Rafner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Borck .... leadman
Randall M. Boyd .... swing gang
John Bucklin .... construction coordinator (as John E. Bucklin)
Kelly Deco .... scenic paint foreman
Stoney Emshwiller .... swing gang (as Peter R. Emshwiller)
James Foley .... second assistant props
Meg Freeman .... paintings: Marion's
Joseph W. Grafmuller .... swing gang (as Joseph Grafmuller)
Michelle Guastello .... art department coordinator
Gordon E. Holmes .... carpenter (as Gordon Holmes)
Kate Long .... swing gang
Josh Lusby .... art department assistant (as Joshua Lusby)
Anthony Maccario .... property master
William Maccario .... assistant property master
Ronald Price .... swing gang (as Ronald D. Price Jr.)
David Ronan .... on set dresser
Daniel C. Rothenberg .... swing gang (as Daniel Rothenberg)
Jay Schmidt .... assistant painter (as Jay G. Schmidt)
Wayne Springfield .... construction foreman
Dan Whifler .... carpenter (as Daniel Whifler)
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
Miriam Biderman .... foley editor
Elisha Birnbaum .... foley artist
Marko A. Costanzo .... additional foley
Margaret Crimmins .... sound effects editor
Elliot Deitch .... dialogue editor (as Elliot Dietch)
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Geeta Gandbhir .... apprentice sound editor
John Glaeser .... cable puller
Frank Kern .... additional foley
George A. Lara .... foley recordist
Julie Lindner .... assistant sound editor
Barry Malawski .... apprentice sound editor
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
John Pritchett .... production sound mixer
Bruce Pross .... additional foley
Joel Shryack .... boom operator
Paul P. Soucek .... additional sound effects
Ira Spiegel .... supervising dialogue editor
Jeffrey Stern .... dialogue editor
Zeborah Tidwell .... assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
John C. Hartigan .... special effects (as John Hartigan)
Chris Nelson .... special effects
Greg Walker .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Reed Altman .... first assistant camera
James Babineaux .... best boy electric
George M. Chappell .... electrician
Beth Cotter .... second assistant camera
James A. Earley .... grip (as James Earley)
Jack English .... gaffer
Kevin Fahey .... grip (as Kevin J. Fahey)
Michael James Fahey .... best boy grip (as Michael J. Fahey)
Scott Graves .... electrician
Christopher Lyons .... electrician
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip
Michael A. McFadden .... grip
Daniel Murphy .... electrician
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
Wayne Stroud .... dolly grip
Claire Sutherland .... film loader (as Claire M. Sutherland)
Alexander Witt .... helicopter camera operator
Steve Graves .... rigger (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lesa Lotito .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Billows .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy Endries .... wardrobe assistant
Timothy A. Wonsik .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Jade Altman .... apprentice editor
Charles Cooper .... apprentice editor
Jeffrey Cranford .... assistant editor
Sandra Kaufman .... first assistant editor
David Leonard .... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer (as Michael Stanwick)
Dylan Tichenor .... assistant editor
Location Management
Paul D. Boydston .... location manager
Jack Kney .... location manager
Music Department
Evan Greenspan .... music clearances (as Evan M. Greenspan)
Mark Isham .... performer: music score
Susan Jacobs .... music coordinator
Stephen Krause .... music score mixer
Stephen Krause .... music score recordist
Eric Liljestrand .... music mixer
Eric Liljestrand .... music recordist
David Speltz .... performer: music score
Hal Willner .... music producer
Ladd McIntosh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Alonzo Brown Jr. .... driver
Bruce Callahan .... driver
C. David Earle .... driver
Steve Earle .... driver
Don Feeney .... driver
Scotty Goudreau .... driver (as Scott Goudreau)
Gil Hayes .... driver
David Joseph .... driver
Derek Raser .... transportation coordinator
William Mark Spencer .... driver
J.T. Thayer .... transportation captain (as J.T. Thayer II)
Earl Thielen .... driver (as Earl V. Thielen)
Tracy Thielen .... driver
Gregg Willis .... driver (as Greg Willis)
Other crew
Chris Armstrong .... assistant locations (as Christopher Armstrong)
Nick Berreau .... production assistant (as Nick Bereau)
Joshua Winfield Binder .... set medic (as Joshua W. Binder)
Angie Bonner .... production assistant
Leicia Chan .... second assistant accountant
Celia Converse .... representative: Sandcastle 5
Signe Corriere .... research
Dennis Davidson .... Publicity campaign
Steve Day .... production assistant (as Steven Day)
Shannon Dobson .... production assistant (as Sharon Dobson)
Kimberly Edwards .... production accountant (as Kimberly Edwards Shapiro)
Meg Freeman .... source: Marian's paintings
Judy Geletko .... additional accounting services
Shelly Glasser .... production coordinator
Sheri Halfon .... financial representative: Avenue
Toya Hankins .... production assistant
Kristy Herr .... assistant coordinator
Michael Hubert .... production assistant
Danielle Knight .... assistant: to Cary Brokaw
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
Cheryl Kurk .... assistant accountant
Mark R. Lindsay .... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
James McLindon .... assistant: to Robert Altman
Mario Ontal .... intern
Robert Pollack .... craft service
Tom Russ .... production assistant
Brett Schlaman .... production assistant
Cornelius Schultze-Kraft .... production assistant
Carl Shimkin .... production assistant
Danielle Sotet .... post-production accountant
Terry Trebilcock .... craft service
Barbara Wansbrough .... production assistant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Debbie Nathanson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ken Twohy .... intern (uncredited)
Don Bachardy .... special thanks
Ira Deutchman .... special thanks
John Dorr .... special thanks
Stephen P. Dunn .... special thanks (as Steve Dunn)
Terry Ellis .... special thanks
Marianne Faithfull .... special thanks
Tess Gallagher .... special thanks
Paul Hutchinson .... special thanks
Kate Hyman .... special thanks
Alice 'A.J. The Clown' Jones .... special thanks
Michael Kirchberger .... special thanks
Luzmarie 'Jellybean The Clown' Quintana .... special thanks
Steve Trombatore .... special thanks: All Payments Services
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Vidas cruzadas" - Mexico (imdb display title), Peru (imdb display title), Spain
"Ciudad de ángeles" - Argentina, Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Στιγμιότυπα" - Greece
"Короткий монтаж" - Russia
"Преки пътища" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"America oggi" - Italy
"Kisayol" - Turkey (Turkish title) (imdb display title)
"Krátke strihy" - Slovakia (imdb display title)
"Kratke zgodbe" - Slovenia
"Kratki rezovi" - Croatia (imdb display title)
"Kratki rezovi" - Serbia (imdb display title)
"Les chassés-croisés" - Canada (French title) (TV title)
"Na skróty" - Poland
"Prostřihy" - Czech Republic
"Rövidre vágva" - Hungary
"Short Cuts" - Denmark
"Short Cuts" - Germany
"Short Cuts - Cenas da Vida" - Brazil
"Short Cuts - Les Américains" - France (imdb display title)
"Short Cuts - Oikopolkuja" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Short Cuts - Os Americanos" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Sosyeteden insan manzaralari" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Stigmiotypa" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
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Rated R for graphic sexual language, and for nudity
188 min | Argentina:190 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Stereo) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Filming Locations:

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Earl Piggot:You know, I don't know who you think would wanna look at your sad, middle aged ass anymore!
Doreen Piggot:Don't talk to me like that and don't you come back here! I'm not taking you back no more, understand? No more, I'm not taking you back!
Earl Piggot:I'm not COMING back!
Doreen Piggot:Slobbering over Honey like that, it was so embarrassing...
Earl Piggot:I never touched Honey!
Doreen Piggot:I didn't say you touched her, I said you slobbered on her!
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Among Altman's Best, 24 July 2014
Author: gavin6942 from United States

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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