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In the Cut (2003)

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New York City writing professor, Frannie Avery, has an affair with a police detective, who is investigating the murder of a beautiful young woman in her neighborhood.

Director:

Jane Campion

Writers:

Jane Campion (screenplay), Susanna Moore (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Pauline
Meg Ryan ... Frannie Avery
Michael Nuccio Michael Nuccio ... Frannie's Young Father (as Micheal Nuccio)
Allison Nega Allison Nega ... Young Father's Fiancee (as Alison Nega)
Dominick Aries Dominick Aries ... Attentive Husband
Susan Gardner Susan Gardner ... Perfect Wife
Sharrieff Pugh ... Cornelius Webb
Nick Damici ... Detective Ritchie Rodriguez
Heather Litteer ... Angela Sands
Daniel T. Booth Daniel T. Booth ... Luther Wilker Red Turtle Bartender
Yaani King Mondschein ... Frannie's Student (as Yaani King)
Frank Harts ... Frannie's Student
Sebastian Sozzi ... Frannie's Student
Zach Wegner ... Frannie's Student (as Zack Wegner)
Mark Ruffalo ... Detective Giovanni A. Malloy
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Storyline

Frankie Avery is a NYC teacher who embarks on a relationship with NYPD Detective Malloy, who, along with his partner, is investigating the murder of a young woman, part of whose body was found in the garden outside of Frannie's apartment. Malloy believes this murder is the work of a serial killer,. Beyond the murder investigation, she continues her association with Malloy despite her catching him in a lie which may have dangerous implications. As the relationship contributes, she discovers more evidence pointing to him being the serial killer. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything you know about desire is dead wrong.

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality including explicit dialogue, nudity, graphic crime scenes and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Pathé [France] | Sony Pictures

Country:

UK | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Cut See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,625, 26 October 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,750,602

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,726,793
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Black and White (fantasy sequences) (Sepiatone)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman turned down the role of Frannie, because at the time, she was going through her divorce from Tom Cruise. She thought the role would have been too emotionally draining. She does however take a co-producing credit. See more »

Goofs

When Malloy gives Frannie his card, she uses a pushpin to secure it on her wall. Later in a close-up when she is at Pauline's apartment holding Malloy's card, there's no pinhole in the card. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pauline: What does "broccoli" mean"?
Frannie: Depends on the context. Pubic hair or marijuana. It's a noun.
Pauline: And "Virginia"?
Frannie: Vagina. As in, "He penetrated her Virginia with a hammer".
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Crazy Credits

Thank you fabulous Kevin Bacon!!! and "Mayor" Harvey Keitel. See more »

Alternate Versions

The unrated version includes an uncensored, hardcore sex scene (not involving any of the main actors). See more »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2009/10 (2009) See more »

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Waiting in Vain
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Annie Lennox
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Lost in translation...
26 September 2004 | by chatquipecheSee all my reviews

I've never been a Jane Campion fan, but I do always respect her as an original filmmaker. This time though, I am utterly lost while watching "In the cut". At the beginning of the film you get the sense that something horrible is going to happen yet the film goes on and on and on with the unstable fling (Kevin Bacon) and a black student writing an essay in blood in between--not to mention the close-up full-on sex scene with Frannie and Malloy--the intensity kept you waiting but your expecting cinematic orgasm was let down. I don't know if I was just very distracted by the deep, poetic cinemaphotography or just tried to figure out the relationship between the main characters. (still don't know why the character of Mark Rufflo had the key to Jennifer Jason Leigh's apartment, did it imply they were involved? Perhaps plots are not essential to the film author such as Campion, but I do like to know since I sat straight on the edge of my seat in the dark for almost two hours.)

The ending was also quite disappointed, kind of your typical Hollywood thriller.(no spoiler here.)Maybe I should watch it again but the blood in the bathroom somewhat put me off.

I don't think it is a badly made movie, but I guess I'm just lost in translation.......maybe I'll never get Jane Campion's movies. Oh well.


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