W: Robert Altman & Frank Barhydt [based on
characters created by Raymond Carver]
DP: Walt Lloyd
Ed: Geraldine Peroni
Mus: Mark Isham
Andie MacDowell (Ann Finnegan), Bruce Davison (Howard
Finnegan), Julianne Moore (Marian Wyman), Matthew Modine (Dr. Ralph Wyman), Anne Archer (Claire Kane), Fred Ward (Stuart Kane), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Lois Kaiser), Robert Downey, Jr.
(Bill Bush), Tim Robbins (Gene Shepard), Madeleine Stowe (Sherri Shepard)
An adult soap opera based on a series of stories and
poems by author Raymond Carver. This warts & all melodrama focuses on the dysfunctional lives of a collection of dysfunctional families in the Los Angeles suburbs and how their
Short Cuts was amongst the first of a long series of
movies which feature interlinking stories to various effect.
The quality of the collection of tales is better in
this than most, but suffers due only to it's almost insubordinate length. Tim Robbins is the standout cast member as a sadistic cop in one of the most interesting stories on display in
this suburban kaleidoscope.