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Short Cuts

Robert Altman

Short Cuts (Criterion Blu-Ray)


2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

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

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.


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
Lois KaiserJennifer Jason Leigh
Jerry KaiserChris Penn
Honey BushLili Taylor
Bill BushRobert Downey Jr.
Sherri ShepardMadeleine Stowe
Gene ShepardTim Robbins
Doreen PiggotLily Tomlin
Earl PiggotTom Waits
Betty WeathersFrances McDormand
Stormy WeathersPeter Gallagher
Chad WeathersJarrett Lennon
Tess TrainerAnnie Ross
Zoe TrainerLori Singer
Andy BitkowerLyle Lovett
Gordon JohnsonBuck Henry
Vern MillerHuey Lewis
Aubrey BellDanny Darst


DirectorRobert Altman
ProducerCary Brokaw
Screenplay byRobert Altman and Frank Barhydt
Based on the writings ofRaymond Carver
Executive producerScott Bushnell
CinematographyWalt Lloyd
EditorGeraldine Peroni
Production designStephen Altman
CostumesJohn Hay
Original score composed byMark Isham
Music producerHal Willner
Associate producersMike Kaplan and David Levy

Disc 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

Film Essays


Short Cuts: City Symphony

By Michael Wilmington November 15, 2004

Short Cuts is an L.A. jazz rhapsody that represents Robert Altman at an all-time personal peak—and it came at just the right time in his career. Read more »


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August 12, 2016

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Book Notes

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

By David Sterritt February 05, 2010

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography (Knopf) begins with an epigram that pretty well sums up Altman’s attitude toward “truth” and “realism” in cinema and life. “I don’t think anybody remembers the . . . Read more »


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 interesting, so we can’t wait to see him in the role of a lifetime, as the devil inThe Imaginarium of . . . Read more »


On Five

Remembering Mr. Altman

By Karen Stetler November 23, 2006

I first met Robert Altman in person in 1999, when I was producing a series of video introductions featuring contemporary directors discussing their favorite Janus films. Altman was the first . . . Read more »

Film Essays


Short Cuts: City Symphony

By Michael Wilmington November 15, 2004

Short Cuts is an L.A. jazz rhapsody that represents Robert Altman at an all-time personal peak—and it came at just the right time in his career. Read more »



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