Short Cuts

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Short Cuts ★★★½ 1993 (R)

Multistoried, fish-eyed look at American culture with some 22 characters intersecting—profoundly or fleetingly—through each other's lives. Running the emotional gamut from disturbing to humorous, Altman's portrait of the contemporary human condition is nevertheless fascinating. Based on nine stories and a prose poem by Raymond Carver. 189m/C VHS, DVD . Natalie Strong, Annie Ross, Lori Singer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Robbins, Madeleine Stowe, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Bruce Davison, Andie MacDowell, Jack Lemmon, Lyle Lovett, Fred Ward, Buck Henry, Huey Lewis, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Julianne Moore, Lili Taylor, Christopher Penn, Robert Downey Jr., Jarrett Lennon, Zane Cassidy; D: Robert Altman; W: Frank Barhydt, Robert Altman; C: Walt Lloyd; M: Mark Isham. Ind. Spirit '94: Director (Altman), Film, Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics '93: Support. Actress (Stowe); Venice Film Fest. '93: Film002E