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Short Cuts

Robert Altman

 
Short Cuts (Criterion DVD)

DVD

2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1993
  • 187 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #265

The visions of two great American artists merge in Short Cuts, maverick director Robert Altman’s kaleidoscopic adaptation of Raymond Carver short stories. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the lives of twenty-two characters struggling to find solace and meaning in contemporary Los Angeles. The extraordinary ensemble cast includes Tim Robbins, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Lemmon, and Jennifer Jason Leigh—all giving fearless performances in one of Altman’s most compassionate creations.

Cast

Ann FinniganAndie MacDowell
Howard FinniganBruce Davison
Paul FinniganJack Lemmon
Casey FinniganZane Cassidy
Marian WymanJulianne Moore
Dr. Ralph WymanMatthew Modine
Claire KaneAnne Archer
Stuart KaneFred Ward
Bill BushRobert Downey Jr.
Gene ShepardTim Robbins
Earl PiggotTom Waits
Betty WeathersFrances McDormand
Doreen PiggotLily Tomlin
Sherri ShepardMadeleine Stowe
Lois KaiserJennifer Jason Leigh
Jerry KaiserChris Penn
Honey BushLili Taylor
Stormy WeathersPeter Gallagher
Tess TrainerAnnie Ross
Zoe TrainerLori Singer
Andy BitkowerLyle Lovett
Gordon JohnsonBuck Henry
Vern MillerHuey Lewis

Credits

DirectorRobert Altman
ProducerCary Brokaw
ScreenplayRobert Altman and Frank Barhydt
Based on the writings ofRaymond Carver
CinematographyWalt Lloyd
EditingGeraldine Peroni and Suzy Elmiger
Production designStephen Altman
CostumesJohn Hay
MusicMark Isham
Music producerHal Willner
Associate producersMike Kaplan and David Levy
Executive producerScott Bushnell

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by editor Geraldine Peroni and approved by director Robert Altman
  • Isolated music track
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Video conversation between Robert Altman and Tim Robbins
  • Luck, Trust and Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, a feature-length documentary on the making of Short Cuts
  • To Write and Keep Kind, a PBS documentary on the life of Raymond Carver
  • A segment from BBC Television’s Moving Pictures tracing the development of the screenplay
  • One-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library
  • Original demo recordings of the Doc Pomus–Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Dr. John
  • Deleted scenes
  • A look inside the marketing of Short Cuts
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Wilmington

    Cover design by Michael Boland, based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Short Cuts: City Symphony

By Michael WilmingtonNovember 15, 2004

Short Cuts is an L.A. jazz rhapsody that represents Robert Altman at an all-time personal peak . . . Read more »

Book Notes

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

By David SterrittFebruary 05, 2010

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography (Knopf) begins with an epigram that pretty well sums up . . . Read more »


Clippings

The Devil and Tom Waits

October 16, 2009

Whatever Tom Waits is up to—be it music or acting (Down by Law, Short Cuts)—is bound to be . . . Read more »


Quotes


On Five

Remembering Mr. Altman

By Karen StetlerNovember 23, 2006

I first met Robert Altman in person in 1999, when I was producing a series of video . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Short Cuts: City Symphony

By Michael WilmingtonNovember 15, 2004

Short Cuts is an L.A. jazz rhapsody that represents Robert Altman at an all-time personal peak . . . Read more »