Cutter's Way

Cutter's Way

DVD - 2011
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A Vietnam vet investigates when his best friend is accused of murder.
Audience: Not rated.
Publisher: Santa Monica : MGM Home Entertainment, 2011.
ISBN: 9780792850267
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Cutte
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.


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Dec 05, 2014

One dark and stormy night junior yacht salesman Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges, impossibly cute) inadvertently witnesses the aftermath of a young girl’s murder. At first suspected by the police he is later discarded when his recollections of the incident lead nowhere. Confiding in his friend Alex Cutter (John Heard, emoting), a Viet Nam vet whose experiences have left him an alcoholic cripple with a disposition that bounces wildly between embittered cynic and raging lunatic, the two men hatch a plan to solve the case. Against the wishes of Alex’s wife, a lackadaisical sot draped in adulterous intentions and a perpetual nightie, the guys join forces with the dead girl’s oddly non-grieving sister in order to track down the killer. Their efforts eventually lead them to the palatial estate of a very wealthy and very dangerous man where a final confrontation will surprise all involved. Ivan Passer’s drama, based on a bestseller, fails on whatever level you choose to judge it. As a policier it lacks both suspense and mystery leaving you to wonder just where the hell the cops were during all this. There is not enough cohesiveness to the cast for a decent character study: Bridges stares mildly into the camera (sans shirt thank God!); when Heard is not screaming or sulking his grizzled croak and exaggerated limp make him sound like a white trash Long John Silver; and the women are mere window dressing. Finally, despite its pervasive sense of melancholy and staged outrage, as a moral allegory there is just not enough meat to separate good from evil causing a key love scene to go limp and making an avenging entrance upon a galloping white mare sadly comical. Meandering, tedious, and dramatically overblown.

ssiegel Jun 12, 2014

One of the best, most underrated thrillers ever made; Jeff Bridges is perfectly cast as a layabout gigolo who witnesses what may be a murder, egged on to confronting the accused by his half-crazed Vietnam vet buddy John Heard. Existentially haunting.

Jul 06, 2011

An adaptation from a novel that most likely was much better than this movie. The main characters, Cutter and Bone, are portrayed by John Heard and Jeff Bridges. Bone is witness to a body dump of a young girl. He ultimately believes that a rich oil man in town was the killer. In fact, the oil magnate may be responsible for several people's deaths. When a blackmail scheme fails, Cutter and Bone must take matters into their own hands. Good storyline, but not very well acted.

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