• Short Cuts (1994)

Short Cuts

Release Date: March 15th, 1994

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2000

R |3 hr 9 min

Plot Summary

Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot (Lily Tomlin) accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather (Jack Lemmon) tells his son, Howard (Bruce Davison), about his past affairs. Meanwhile, a baker (Lyle Lovett) starts harassing the family when they fail to pick up the boy's birthday cake.

Cast: Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Penn

Director: Robert Altman

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Fine Line Features, Avenue Pictures Productions

Distributors: Artificial Eye, Argentina Video Home

Keywords: Engaging, Tense, Relationships, Wife, 1980s, Fall, Doctor, Transformation, Hospital, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Los Angeles always seems to be waiting for something. Permanence seems out of reach; some great apocalyptic event is on the horizon, and people view the future tentatively. Robert Altman's Short Cuts captures that uneasiness perfectly. show more

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    This definitive "life goes on" movie does what Altman does best: juggle 22 characters, deftly switch moods, and offer a comlex warts-and-all characters whose lives seem to extend beyond the screen. Few movies attempt this; Fewer succeed. [1 Oct 1993]

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Some movies can lay claim to being the best thing around in a week, a month, a year. Robert Altman's Short Cuts is closer to being one of the all-time bests, among the finest American films since the advent of sound. [22 Oct 1993]

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Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Golden Lion for best movie
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (1993)
Winner Bästa utländska film
Guldbagge Award (1995)