Cutter's Way
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After emigrating to the United States in 1969, Czech-born director Ivan Passer finally broke through to American audiences with his fourth film, a unique blend of mystery and social commentary. Cutter's Way is set in Santa Barbara, CA, a community of wealth and power. Its main characters, however, are among the town's have-nots: Richard Bone Jeff Bridges, a beach-boy gigolo starting to go to seed; Bone's best friend Alex Cutter (John Heard), a Vietnam veteran maimed in body and spirit; and Mo (Lisa Eichorn), Cutter's alcoholic wife. When Cutter spots one of the community's… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is nothing less than a modern masterpiece, and a film ripe for rediscovery."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The film moves with an easy uncoerced swing: moment by moment, scene by scene, we are unsure what to think or where we are going. It is a fascinating, organically grown drama."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Cutter and Bone are seriously unlikeable characters, yet Czech émigré director Ivan Passer and writer Jeffrey Alan Fiskin make us see light in these hearts of darkness."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"The three leads are on outstanding form, while Jack Nitzsche's score shimmers with foreboding."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Almost as impressive as Polanski's Chinatown and an extraordinary change of gear from one of the fine Czech New Wave's most notable alumni."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"An underrated classic."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Exceptional script, direction and performances make this elliptical neo-noir a forgotten classic."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"Paranoid crime thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Heard] is one of America's great lost actors."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Passer continued his wayward career without ever producing anything quite like Cutter again. It's a one-off, a largely overlooked shining gem. Do yourself a favour."
‑ Mark Stafford, Electric Sheep
"Like the '70s output of Pakula and Lumet, Ivan Passer's tense thriller stands as a classy monument to the paranoia of post-Watergate America."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This anatomy of intimate male camaraderie in the post-Vietnam War era could have been more resonant if the tale didn't include a routine murder mystery, which diffuses the otherwise beautifully acted (particularly Jeff Bridges) and shot saga."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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