Cutter's Way (15)

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Tue Jun 21 2011

In Hollywood, decades aren’t so much periods of time as states of mind. So, just as early-’70s moviegoers might have been fooled into thinking it was still swinging 1967, cinema in the early ’80s was still suffused with the doubt and melancholy which had defined the preceding decade. One of the archetypal figures in that mood-shift was Jeff Bridges, his keen, frisky but oddly lonesome persona defined in new-Hollywood masterpieces like ‘The Last Picture Show’ and ‘Fat City’. By 1981, Bridges was showing signs of wear and tear, but this only enriched his performances: sadder even than a lonely teenager is a lonely thirtysomething who still tries to live like one.

‘Cutter’s Way’ feels like a farewell to the ’70s: to honest political activism, social responsibility, excessive but essentially good-natured drug and alcohol abuse, Vietnam, California and the young Bridges. His character, Richard Bone, clings to his fading prime the way his best friend and mentor, crippled war veteran Alex Cutter (John Heard) clings to his walking stick. Together, the two men attempt to solve a murder, but that’s window dressing: this is a tale of friendship, endurance and loss, and one of the saddest movies ever made.

Everything in the film feels tuned to capturing this spirit: Czech director Ivan Passer’s use of late-summer light is rich and entrancing, while Bridges and Heard give their all: the latter delivers a performance of spectacular rage and intensity. The result is nothing less than a modern masterpiece, and a film ripe for rediscovery.
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15

UK release:

Fri Jun 24, 2011

Duration:

109 mins

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alljack

I think it was Peter Bogdanovicvh who said that Orson Welles taught us how to watch movies. I suggest the commenters who didn't like Cutter's Way should make it a point to see more of Welles' films.

alljack

I think it was Peter Bogdanovicvh who said that Orson Welles taught us how to watch movies. I suggest the commenters who didn't like Cutter's Way should make it a point to see more of Welles' films.

RobAshton

Ok, so I would rate this film: 7+/10 I thought it was very good, but nothing special - Good performances, paced along nicely, and I can't say there was anything there to give it anything less than a 3 star. I have only given this a 5 star rating on this site because I think it is unfair how many 1 stars there are in the comments! Come on, it wasn't that bad! So yeah: 7+/10

RobAshton

Ok, so I would rate this film: 7+/10 I thought it was very good, but nothing special - Good performances, paced along nicely, and I can't say there was anything there to give it anything less than a 3 star. I have only given this a 5 star rating on this site because I think it is unfair how many 1 stars there are in the comments! Come on, it wasn't that bad! So yeah: 7+/10

Phil Ince

Huddleston tells us: " ... one of the saddest movies ever made." Be warned, cinema-goers!: pay for a ticket and you may well cry your eyes out.

Phil Ince

Huddleston tells us: " ... one of the saddest movies ever made." Be warned, cinema-goers!: pay for a ticket and you may well cry your eyes out.

Phil Ince

Boy, this was a lousy film! I've read several very complimentary reviews but it's utterly terrible. John Heard is unbearable as a one-note take-off of Long John Silver, piratical growl and all, me hearties. His tiresome laugh alone could have sunk the film. Just about the worst thing of all in this catastrophe is the music. It's horribly intrusive and dictatorial of mood (the film otherwise entirely lacking one) but someone decided that a musical saw would be a good instrument to flesh out the orchestration for the 'love theme'. Appalling, boring, poorly-acted and conceived. Buy Winter Kills on dvd for half the price of a ticket to this chod and see a good film into the bargain.

Phil Ince

Boy, this was a lousy film! I've read several very complimentary reviews but it's utterly terrible. John Heard is unbearable as a one-note take-off of Long John Silver, piratical growl and all, me hearties. His tiresome laugh alone could have sunk the film. Just about the worst thing of all in this catastrophe is the music. It's horribly intrusive and dictatorial of mood (the film otherwise entirely lacking one) but someone decided that a musical saw would be a good instrument to flesh out the orchestration for the 'love theme'. Appalling, boring, poorly-acted and conceived. Buy Winter Kills on dvd for half the price of a ticket to this chod and see a good film into the bargain.

Sutton

On the back of a five star review I ventured to the BFI and those stars were way off the mark. This is an average television movie. Bridges is ok, Heard is over the top. An unsatisfying story, where it is difficult to have much sympathy with any of the main characters. Two stars at best, save yourself the money and wait for a showing on television ( a mid afternoon slot if it is lucky) as it certainly does not warrant cinema prices.

Sutton

On the back of a five star review I ventured to the BFI and those stars were way off the mark. This is an average television movie. Bridges is ok, Heard is over the top. An unsatisfying story, where it is difficult to have much sympathy with any of the main characters. Two stars at best, save yourself the money and wait for a showing on television ( a mid afternoon slot if it is lucky) as it certainly does not warrant cinema prices.

j cook

Extended run at the BFI Southbank: why? Bridges - and particularly his hair - were the only things worth watching before I left the cinema about half-way through. John Heard is a terrible ham and his character is a bore. A "masterpiece" that's "ripe for rediscovery": please! Its obscurity is completely justified.

j cook

Extended run at the BFI Southbank: why? Bridges - and particularly his hair - were the only things worth watching before I left the cinema about half-way through. John Heard is a terrible ham and his character is a bore. A "masterpiece" that's "ripe for rediscovery": please! Its obscurity is completely justified.

Jackson1

Slow, dim, and tired film. To call this a masterpiece is utter recklessness and Time Out should slow the hyperbole down, man...

Jackson1

Slow, dim, and tired film. To call this a masterpiece is utter recklessness and Time Out should slow the hyperbole down, man...