Short Cuts [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [2 Discs] [1993]

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Special Features

  • A look inside the marketing of Short Cuts
  • Conversation between director Robert Altman and actor Tim Robbins from 2004
  • Deleted scenes
  • Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country, a feature-length 1993 documentary on the making of Short Cuts
  • One-hour 1983 audio interview with Carver, conducted for the American Audio Prose Library
  • Original demo recording of the film's Doc Pomus-Mac Rebennack songs, performed by Rebannack (Dr. John)
  • To Write and Keep Kind, a 1992 PBS documentary on the life of author Raymond Carver

Synopsis

Short Cuts
Based on stories by Raymond Carver, Short Cuts follows 22 Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect over the course of a few days. Ann and Howard Finnegan (Andie MacDowell and Bruce Davison) are preparing for their son Casey's birthday party when the boy is injured in an auto accident and falls into a coma. Meanwhile, Andy (Lyle Lovett), a baker, seethes with anger over the birthday cake that wasn't claimed, and Howard's father, Paul (Jack Lemmon), decides that a visit with his ailing grandson is a good time to discuss his infidelities. Lois (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a new mother who watches over her baby when not making money doing phone sex, which bothers her husband, Jerry (Chris Penn), though he knows they need the money. Pilot "Stormy" Weathers (Peter Gallagher) takes a very literal approach to dividing up community property with his ex-wife (Frances McDormand). Doreen (Lily Tomlin) is trying on to hold her marriage with Earl (Tom Waits), who is a good man on the rare occasions that he's sober. Zoe (Lori Singer), a classical musician, is trying to find some way to connect with her mother, Tess (Annie Ross), a jazz singer. Dr. Ralph Wyman (Matthew Modine) and his wife, Marian (Julianne Moore) put their bickering on hold while they have dinner with another couple, Stuart and Claire Kane (Fred Ward and Anne Archer). Stuart and his pals Gordon and Vern (Buck Henry and Huey Lewis) earlier went on a fishing trip where they discovered the body of a drowned woman but decided not to report it until the end of the weekend. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Andie MacDowell
    Andie MacDowell - Ann Finnegan
  • Tim Robbins
    Tim Robbins - Gene Shepard
  • Chris Penn
    Chris Penn - Jerry Kaiser
  • Julianne Moore
    Julianne Moore - Marian Wyman
  • Anne Archer
    Anne Archer - Claire Kane

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