Cutter's Way
Cutter's Way (1981)

When his close friend, a small-time hustler and drifter, is falsely accused of murder, disabled Vietnam veteran Alex Cutter reluctantly comes to his defense. This gritty drama depicts the mixed emotions of the alcoholic, alienated Cutter as… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 20, 1981
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Suffers from a terminal case of creative indecision.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Cutter's Way is at once an American film of its time and for all ensuing times, an ugly-truth endeavor examining a nation in which the rich and powerful literally get away with murder while the poor and pitiful barely exist at all.

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Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

[Heard] is one of America's great lost actors.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The result is nothing less than a modern masterpiece, and a film ripe for rediscovery.

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TV Guide

An inspiring film, it is constructed like a thriller; but instead of reaching for thrills, it leaves them in the background and concentrates on the complexities of its characters.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's the sort of picture that never wants to concede what it's about. It is, however, enchanted by the sound of its own dialogue, which is vivid without being informative or even amusing on any level.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)

An underrated classic.

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Pierluigi Puccini
Non-cohesive but impressively charismatic and well performed neo noir. Bridges, Heard and Lisa Eichhorn have great chemistry together and richly defined… More
Stephen M
An excellent, slow-burning, occasionally noirish thriller. Jeff Bridges plays Richard Bone, a yacht salesman/gigolo who accidentally witnesses the disposal of a… More
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The crime thriller didn't manage to tickle the bones enough. Not an ideal source of entertainment, but tolerable all the same.
Walter M.
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Matheus Carvalho
A forgotten paranoia trhiller from the 80s which delivers the goods with complex characters and great performances from Jeff Bridges and John Heard.
Jason Reneau
John Heard is SO good in this movie! The plot is, for lack of a better word. Crazy! A disfigured Vietnam Veteran named, Cutter. Who is more known for his… More