• Short Cuts (1993)

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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

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  • Extraordinary...The movie has the intensity of an epic, only its subject matter is everyday life. [19 Oct 1993, p.A18(E)]

  • Part of the miracle of Robert Altman's triumphantly fierce, funny, moving and innovative Short Cuts is that you can't get this movie out of your head. You keep playing it back to savor its formula-smashing audacity, its peerless performances and its cleareyed view of blasted lives. show more

  • 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

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