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Cutter's Way

Cutter's Way
Directed by Ivan Passer
Produced by Paul R. Gurian
Written by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin
Starring Jeff Bridges
John Heard
Lisa Eichhorn
Ann Dusenberry
Music by
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Editing by {{{editing}}}
Distributed by Sony
Released 1981
First Screened {{{screened}}}
Running time 105 min
Language English
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Ivan Passer, (b. ... Jeff as The Dude in The Big Lebowski. ... John Heard John Heard (born March 7, 1945 in Washington, DC, USA) is an American actor. ... Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758 , NYSE: SNE) is a global Japanese consumer electronics, financial services and entertainment corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Based on Newton Thornburg's novel, Cutter and Bone, Cutter's Way is a 1981 film about two friends, Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) and Alex Cutter (John Heard). One rainy night Bone's car breaks down in an alleyway. He spots a large, mysterious car in the distance. A man dumps something into a garbage can. At first, Bone thinks nothing of it and proceeds to meet Alex. The next day, a young girl is found brutally murdered in the same alleyway where Bone abandoned his car. He becomes a suspect. When Bone spots the man he thinks is the murderer in a parade later that day -- the very wealthy local tycoon J.J. Court (Stephen Elliot) -- Cutter begins to take an interest in the mystery that unfolds. His interest soon becomes an obsessive conspiracy theory that develops into a troublesome investigation with his skeptical friend and the dead girl's sister (Ann Dusenberry) along for the ride. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jeff as The Dude in The Big Lebowski. ... John Heard John Heard (born March 7, 1945 in Washington, DC, USA) is an American actor. ...

Production History

Producer Paul Gurian had bought the rights to Thornburg's novel and asked screenwriter Jeffrey Alan Fiskin if he could adapt it into screenplay form. Gurian got the studio, EMI, interested in financially backing the film with Robert Mulligan to direct and Dustin Hoffman to play Alex Cutter. However, a scheduling conflict forced Hoffman to leave the project. This prompted Mulligan to leave as well. To make matters worse, EMI pulled their money once Mulligan and Hoffman were gone. Gurian took the film to United Artists where the studio's vice president, David Field, became interested in backing it. The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Hammersmith in London, in the United Kingdom. ... Robert Mulligan (born August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York) is an American film and television director. ... Dustin Hoffman Hoffman with Ben Stiller in 2004s Meet the Fockers. ... The current United Artists logo. ...

Gurian gave Fiskin a list of directors and Passer's name was the only one the screenwriter didn't recognize. Fiskin and a couple of United Artists executives screened Passer's Intimate Lightning and agreed that he was the man to direct Cutter and Bone.

Despite Field's support for the film, it seemed like United Artists did everything in their power to prevent Cutter and Bone from being made. The initial budget was supposed to be $3.3 million but then Field found out that U.A. would only make the movie if the filmmakers were able to reduce the price tag to under three million dollars. Passer and company played along. Then, U.A. said that the film needed a big name star for it to succeed at the box office. The studio liked Jeff Bridges' work in the dailies for Michael Cimino's opus Heaven's Gate (film) and said that they would only make Cutter and Bone if the filmmakers got the actor to be in their movie. Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939 in New York City, New York) is an American film director. ... Heavens Gate (1980) is a big-budget western movie, depicting a fictionalized account of the Johnson County War between land barons and European immigrants in 1890s Wyoming. ...

The Characters

Jeff Bridges portrays Bone as a man afraid of commitment, content to do little but fall back on his pretty boy looks to bed any woman who crosses his path. As one character tells him, "Sooner or later you're going to have to make a decision about something." This could be the underlying thesis of the whole film: making decisions and taking a stand about something.

John Heard's Alex Cutter is on the opposite end of the spectrum. He desperately wants to get involved in something, anything to stop living life in a bottle of alcohol. And so, he latches on to the murder mystery with the ferocious tenacity of a pitbull. Heard plays Cutter like a character straight out of a Tom Waits song. His performance, complete with raspy voice and cynical outlook on life, recalls many of the down-on-their-luck losers that populate Waits' songs. Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ...

Lisa Eichhorn's Mo is a complex character torn between being loyal to her physically crippled husband and falling in love with the emotionally crippled Bone. It is this conflict that makes her a tragic figure and Eichhorn is able to show this struggle in her tortured facial expressions and body language.

Distribution Problems

United Artists did not like the ambiguity in what was then titled Cutter and Bone. When U.A. executives, David Field and Claire Townsend, the film's biggest supporters, left for 20th Century Fox, the studio felt that they would get no credit if the film succeeded and no responsibility if it failed and so there was no interest in it. Cutter and Bone became a victim of internal politics. U.A. senior domestic sales and marketing vice president Jerry Esbin saw the film and decided that it did not have any commercial possibilities. Passer did not see his film with a paying audience until the Houston Film Festival many weeks later. 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ...

If Passer felt that United Artists was not behind Cutter and Bone (they spent a meager $63,000 on promotion) it did not help that when it premiered in New York City in late March of 1981 all three daily papers and the three major network critics gave it bad reviews. Perhaps the most damning one came from Vincent Canby in The New York Times which was the nail in the coffin for Cutter and Bone in the minds of U.A. executives. The studio was so freaked out by the negative reviews that they planned to pull the film after only a week. Little did they know that the next week Richard Schickel in Time (magazine), David Ansen in Newsweek, and New York City's weekly newspapers would write glowing reviews urging everyone to see the film. Nickname: The Big Apple Motto: Official website: City of New York Location [[Image:|250px|250px|Location of City of New York, New York]] Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R... Vincent Canby (July 27, 1924 – September 15, 2000) was an American film critic. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ... Richard Schickel is a film critic for Time magazine. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Notable Time magazine covers from the dates May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... The Newsweek logo Newsweek is a weekly news magazine published in New York City and distributed throughout the United States and internationally. ...

The positive reviews prompted United Artists to give Cutter and Bone to their "art" division, United Artists Classics, where they changed the film's title to Cutter's Way (thinking that the original title would be mistaken by audiences for a comedy about surgeons) and entered it into a number of film festivals. At Houston's Third International Film Festival it won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor (John Heard). A week later it was given the prestigious closing feature slot at the Seattle Film Festival. With a new ad campaign in place, Cutter's Way re-opened in the summer of 1981 in Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. Word of mouth helped the film turn a profit.

External links

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