Short Cuts

Short Cuts (1993)

Short Cuts raises the roof on America.

  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1993-09-05
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 563 ratings
  • Runtime: 3h 8min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Fine Line Features
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Robert Altman
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Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather tells his son, Howard, about his past affairs. Meanwhile, a baker starts harassing the family when they fail to pick up the boy's birthday cake.

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  • Andie MacDowell

    as Ann Finnigan
  • Bruce Davison

    as Howard Finnigan
  • Jack Lemmon

    as Paul Finnigan
  • Zane Cassidy

    as Casey Finnigan
  • Julianne Moore

    as Marian Wyman
  • Matthew Modine

    as Dr. Ralph Wyman
  • Anne Archer

    as Claire Kane
  • Fred Ward

    as Stuart Kane
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh

    as Lois Kaiser
  • Chris Penn

    as Jerry Kaiser
  • Joseph C. Hopkins

    as Joe Kaiser
  • Josette Maccario

    as Josette Kaiser
  • Lili Taylor

    as Honey Bush
  • Robert Downey Jr.

    as Bill Bush
  • Madeleine Stowe

    as Sherri Shepard
  • Tim Robbins

    as Gene Shepard
  • Frances McDormand

    as Betty Weathers
  • Peter Gallagher

    as Stormy Weathers
  • Austin Friel

    as Austin Shepard
  • Dustin Friel

    as Will Shepard
  • Cassie Friel

    as Sandy Shepard
  • Lily Tomlin

    as Doreen Piggot
  • Tom Waits

    as Earl Piggot
  • Jarrett Lennon

    as Chad Weathers
  • Buck Henry

    as Gordon Johnson
  • Huey Lewis

    as Vern Miller
  • Dirk Blocker

    as Diner Customer
  • Alex Trebek

    as Himself
  • Jerry Dunphy

    as Himself
  • Lyle Lovett

    as Andy Bitkower
  • Lori Singer

    as Zoe Trainer / Cello - The Trout Quintet
  • Danny Darst

    as Aubrey Bell
  • Annie Ross

    as Tess Trainer
  • Robert DoQui

    as Knute Willis
  • Margery Bond

    as Dora Willis (as Margerie Bond)
  • Darnell Williams

    as Joe Robbins
  • Michael Beach

    as Jim Stone
  • Andi Chapman

    as Harriet Stone
  • Deborah Falconer

    as Barbara
  • Susie Cusack

    as Nancy
  • Charles Rocket

    as Wally Littleton
  • Jane Alden

    as Mrs. Schwartzmeier
  • Christian Altman

    as Jimmy Miller
  • William H.D. Marlett

    as Jimmy's Friend
  • Suzanne Calvert

    as Tarmac Secretary
  • Natalie Strong

    as Mourner
  • Jay Della

    as Bartender
  • Jeri Gray

    as Club Owner (as Jeruth Persson)
  • Derek Webster

    as Joe Robbins' Pal
  • Nathaniel Harris

    as Joe Robbins' Pal (as Nathaniel H. Harris III)
  • Ron McPherson

    as Makeup Artist
Directing Robert Altman Director
Writing Robert Altman Screenplay
Writing Raymond Carver Author
Writing Frank Barhydt Screenplay
Production Cary Brokaw Producer
Production Scott Bushnell Executive Producer
Production Mike Kaplan Producer
Production David Levy Producer
Sound Mark Isham Original Music Composer
Camera Walt Lloyd Director of Photography
Editing Suzy Elmiger Editor
Editing Geraldine Peroni Editor
Art Stephen Altman Production Design
Art Jerry Fleming Art Direction
Art Susan Emshwiller Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up John Hay Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Dee Dee Altamura Makeup Artist
Production Diana Pokorny Unit Production Manager
Sound Margaret Crimmins Sound Effects Editor
Sound Lee Dichter Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound John Pritchett Production Sound Mixer
Sound Michael Barry Sound Re-Recording Mixer