Robert Altman

Short Cuts

Short Cuts

The work of two great American artists merges in Short Cuts, a kaleidoscopic adaptation of the stories of renowned author Raymond Carver by maverick director Robert Altman. Epic in scale yet meticulously observed, the film interweaves the stories of twenty-two characters as they struggle 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 what is one of Altman’s most compassionate creations.

Film Info

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

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Walt Lloyd, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 soundtrack mix, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray, plus isolated music track
  • Conversation between director Robert Altman and actor Tim Robbins from 2004
  • Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, a feature-length 1993 documentary on the making of Short Cuts
  • To Write and Keep Kind, a 1992 PBS documentary on the life of author Raymond Carver
  • One-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library
  • Original demo recordings of the film’s Doc Pomus–Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Rebennack (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

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, approved by cinematographer Walt Lloyd, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 soundtrack mix, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray, plus isolated music track
  • Conversation between director Robert Altman and actor Tim Robbins from 2004
  • Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, a feature-length 1993 documentary on the making of Short Cuts
  • To Write and Keep Kind, a 1992 PBS documentary on the life of author Raymond Carver
  • One-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library
  • Original demo recordings of the film’s Doc Pomus–Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Rebennack (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

Short Cuts
Cast
Andie MacDowell
Ann Finnigan
Bruce Davison
Howard Finnigan
Jack Lemmon
Paul Finnigan
Zane Cassidy
Casey Finnigan
Julianne Moore
Marian Wyman
Matthew Modine
Dr. Ralph Wyman
Anne Archer
Claire Kane
Fred Ward
Stuart Kane
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Lois Kaiser
Chris Penn
Jerry Kaiser
Lili Taylor
Honey Bush
Robert Downey Jr.
Bill Bush
Madeleine Stowe
Sherri Shepard
Tim Robbins
Gene Shepard
Lily Tomlin
Doreen Piggot
Tom Waits
Earl Piggot
Frances McDormand
Betty Weathers
Peter Gallagher
Stormy Weathers
Jarrett Lennon
Chad Weathers
Annie Ross
Tess Trainer
Lori Singer
Zoe Trainer
Lyle Lovett
Andy Bitkower
Buck Henry
Gordon Johnson
Huey Lewis
Vern Miller
Danny Darst
Aubrey Bell
Credits
Director
Robert Altman
Producer
Cary Brokaw
Screenplay by
Robert Altman
Screenplay by
Frank Barhydt
Based on the writings of
Raymond Carver
Executive producer
Scott Bushnell
Cinematography
Walt Lloyd
Editor
Geraldine Peroni
Production design
Stephen Altman
Costumes
John Hay
Original score composed by
Mark Isham
Music producer
Hal Willner
Associate producers
Mike Kaplan
Associate producers
David Levy

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Robert Altman

Director, Writer

Few directors in recent American film history have gone through as many career ups and downs as Robert Altman did. Following years of television work, the rambunctious midwesterner set out on his own as a feature film director in the late 1950s, but didn’t find his first major success until 1970, with the antiauthoritarian war comedy M*A*S*H. Hoping for another hit just like it, studios hired him in the years that followed, most often receiving difficult, caustic, and subversive revisionist genre films. After the success of 1975’s panoramic American satire Nashville, Altman once again delved into projects that were more challenging, especially the astonishing, complex, Bergman-influenced 3 Women. Thereafter, Altman was out of Hollywood’s good graces, though in the eighties, a decade widely considered his fallow period, he came through with the inventive theater-to-film Nixon monologue Secret Honor and the TV miniseries political satire Tanner ’88. The double punch of The Player and the hugely influential ensemble piece Short Cuts brought him back into the spotlight, and he continued to be prolific in his output into 2006, when his last film, A Prairie Home Companion, was released months before his death at the age of eighty-one.