Cutter's Way

1981

Cutter's Way

Critics Consensus

A suitably cynical neo-noir that echoes the disillusionment of its era, Cutter's Way relies on character-driven drama further elevated by the work of an outstanding cast.

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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 he attempts to uncover the truth.

Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Richard Bone
John Heard
as Alex Cutter
Ann Dusenberry
as Valerie Duran
Stephen Elliott
as J.J. Cord
Arthur Rosenberg
as George Swanson
Nina Van Pallandt
as Woman in Hotel
Geraldine Baron
as Susie Swanson
Katherine Pass
as Toyota Woman
Frank McCarthy
as Toyota Man
George Planco
as Toyota Cop
Anne Dusenberry
as Valerie Duran
Jay Fletcher
as Security Guard
Jack Murdock
as Concession Owner
Rod Gist
as Black
Julia Duffy
as Young Girl
Randy Shephard
as Young Man
Roy Hollis
as Working Stiff
Billy Drago
as Garbage Man
Caesar Cordova
as Garbage Truck Driver
Jon Terry
as Police Captain
Chris Noth
as Guard at estate gate (uncredited)
William Pelt
as Detective
Ron Marcroft
as Detective
Ted White
as Guard #1
Tony Epper
as Guard #2
Andy Epper
as Guard #3
Chris Howell
as Guard #4
H.P. Evetts
as Guard #5
Ron Burke
as Guard #6
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Critic Reviews for Cutter's Way

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Cutter's Way

  • Apr 29, 2015
    Non-cohesive but impressively charismatic and well performed neo noir. Bridges, Heard and Lisa Eichhorn have great chemistry together and richly defined characters with rough edges. My only regret is that the plot never tickens, and wanders without consistency through romance, comedy and paranoia. The story ends on a grim, and yet perfect note.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2012
    The crime thriller didn't manage to tickle the bones enough. Not an ideal source of entertainment, but tolerable all the same.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2012
    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 drinking. Begins looking into the murder of a young girl, after his friend reveals he may have seen the killer. After a series of ups and downs, both personally and physically. The two men find their opportunity to nab the man, they hold responsible for the heinous crime. Then, it all comes to a head. In one shocking and dramatic ending, that you soon won't forget. You gotta check this movie out! Mostly due to John Heard's performance as Cutter, it is amazing!
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2012
    Though lacking in both resolution and story line, "Cutter's Way" benefits from strong lead performances, well-written characters, and totally uncompromising direction. Heard and Bridges each deliver equally balanced performances, though Heard often overpowers Bridges from scene to scene. It's a snooze-fest, but these kinds of films are always so interesting to me. I enjoyed it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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