Movies that are slightly off.
Cutter does everything his way. Fighting. Loving. Working. Tracking down a killer.
Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.
CUTTER'S WAY opens on the American Dream in the form of a melting pot parade, the procession playing out in slow motion with Jack Nitzche's otherworldly zither and glass harmonica lullaby underlining the word "dream." Later when the three main characters are watching a similar procession, Cutter makes some characteristically offensive, cynical remarks about floats featuring Native Americans and Mexicans. "Look at our glorious past...happy padres, happy Indians. Wiped out in less than 200 years by disease and forced labor. You can still get one to clean your kitchen... they died with Christ's blessing. Happy corpses, each and every one." Maybe Cutter, disfigured physically and mentally in America's most recent imperialist adventure, is getting to the root of it all:…
I expected a standard Hollywood action picture, so for the first 20 minutes or so I was thrown for a loop. I wasn't too fond of any of the characters, especially Cutter, and I was getting impatient to get to the story. But then something happened. None of the relationships in the film were clearly demarcated. None of the dialogue was typical. I knew it was based on a book, but until that moment I had no idea that this was more of a literary picture, a play of sorts, than a Hollywood action film. I loved the film from that moment on.
I liked Jeff Bridges' Richard Bones, the quiet philanderer who was in love with Mo (or at…
Cutter's Way is one of the few films ever made that made me angry.
To be more precise, it didn't actually make me angry itself. It's more the fact that it continues to be almost completely ignored for the many things it is over 35 years now since its release. There's a style and method to almost everything surrounding this film that I find fascinating. From its 'do not even mention its name' treatment of the post-Vietnam War backdrop it's set against to its off-centre performances and characters through to its strange almost feather-light plot.
Films like this intrigue me no end, especially when they come from…
I didn’t dislike Cutter’s Way, I hated it .. loathed it.
Why? Because I saw what could possibly be a brilliant book ( which I haven’t read ), with brilliantly complex characters and relationships, handled on the screen in such an inept way.
Was it the performances? Generally no. John Heard was great as the titular Cutter, Jeff Bridges was fine as Jeff Bridges, and Lisa Eichhorn had her moments. Ann Dusenberry as Valerie Duran was 1980’s hollow. I was convinced that she saw Nancy Allen in Dressed to Kill and thought, wow, that’s acting! Wow, that’s a look!
It was how the screenplay handled these complex characters, or rather totally failed to handle them, that put me over the…
“I watched the war on TV like everybody else. Thought the same damn things. You know what you thought when you saw a picture of a young woman with a baby lying face down in a ditch, two gooks. You had three reactions, Rich, same as everybody else. The first one was real easy: ‘I hate the United States of America’. Yeah. You see the same damn thing the next day and you move up a notch. ‘There is no God’. But you know what you finally say, what everybody finally says, no matter what? ‘I’m hungry’” Alex Cutter.
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are wonderful filmmakers who have respect from all film fans for the numerous great works. However,…
A Letterboxd discovery.
I actually think I'd preferred a straight character driven drama, because that's where the action really is to be found. And while Heard is great most of the time as the crippled, alcoholic veteran, what caught my eye was Lisa Eichhorn, the real crime in this film is how she didn't become a star afterwards. Her tortured Mo is way more interesting than the fact that the rich rule the world.
As for the main plot; a sinister, cynical outlook is always my cup of tea, and the main story of a big wig getting away with murder, and how the two friends from the other side of town get drawn to the possibility of aiding justice…
INCREDIBLY cynical and well performed.....I can't say I liked it exactly, and it definitely laboured way too much on the "Bone-keeps-running" theme, but it was really made, and as I said, REALLY well acted.
I went to this with such high expectations that managed to undermine the enjoyment I'd have if I've watched it in a late night TV screening if you know what I mean...
With each viewing, some of the shine comes off of Cutter's Way, but even as I start to notice the film's moments of grandstanding, it retains a certain hypnotic magnetism as the film's two protagonists sink to the bottom of their respective spirals.
Man, this movie will f*ck you up. One of my all-time faves. Now out on a beautiful limited edition blu-ray from the good folks at Twilight Time. The least well-known 'classic' I can think of. A masterpiece.
Here's a Czech director saying something about America after the war, after the scandal. It's that kind of film with licks of, say, John Cassavetes and Robert Altman. If you're a fan of that sort of cinema, make sure you pick up a copy of this mesmerizing, multi layered gem that touches several genres. There's murder, intrigue, drama, a looming love triangle and a sense of doom, all revolving around a slacking ladies' man who prefers to walk away from trouble, a crippled, psychotic war vet with wild fantasies and his depressed wife who finds solace in the bottle. But foremost this a bleak, bitter and sarcastic character driven piece with powerhouse performances by everybody involved. Killer line? The routine grind drives me to drink. Tragedy, I take straight.
California noir by way of a punch to the gut and zither music.
The best mysteries aren't about the mystery. They're about ideas, mood, and, most of all, strong characters. CUTTER'S WAY is not only a great neo-noir mystery, it is a under-seen masterpiece. Bone (Jeff Bridges) is a unmotivated gigolo who accidentally witnesses the dumping of a dead body. When he tells his best friend Cutter (John Heard, in a career-best performance), a one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged Vietnam vet, that he thinks that a powerful oil man committed the crime, the antagonistic veteran sees it as his opportunity to take down "the man." Great writing, acting, music, and cinematography combine to make CUTTER'S WAY a unforgettable experience.
I really don't get all the praise in the reviews here. While the film starts off promising, it really is quite boring and the main storyline, of Bridges watching a murder, is really buried in this film for the most part.
Granted, Bridges was decent and Heard is pretty fun to watch missing both his left limbs, but the two female characters are pretty empty. Sure Dusenberry was cute to look at, as she was in JAWS 2, but she just sort of leaves the story at one point out of nowhere.
Pretty long film and besides the opening and closing ten minutes, not a whole lot of interest happens.
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