in about 100 words or less
US 188m, Colour
Director: Robert Altman; Cast: Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Lili Taylor, Robert Downey, Jr., Madeleine Stowe, Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Annie Ross, Lori Singer, Jack Lemmon, Lyle Lovett, Buck Henry, Huey Lewis
Short Cuts is an adaptation of nine short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver which are interwoven into an astonishing three-hour film about life, love, infidelity, and death. Though grand in scale, the individual stories are intimate in nature and continually advance their interconnections. In view of the huge ensemble cast, and the complexities of the numerous plot lines, it is a testament to the screenwriting, direction and editing that Short Cuts is so surprisingly easy to follow (Klaus Ming September 2016).