Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

Kaplan has been an associate of Robert Altman since the mid-'70s, so you'd hardly expect his documentary on the making of Short Cuts to be in any way critical. That said, it avoids the sort of hagiographic gush that mars most on-set promos, while one evident advantage of his friendship with Altman was that he had unprecedented access to cast, crew and director alike. True, long-term admirers of the great man won't learn very much they didn't already know, but more recent converts should find this movie-on-the-movie intelligent and illuminating. Kaplan's prime achievement is his film's clarity; it's structured chronologically, charting the production from inception to wrap party, and interviewing each member of the large cast in sequence while they were on set.

By: GA


Release details

90 mins

Cast and crew

Mike Kaplan, John Dorr
Robert Altman
Tess Gallagher
Anne Archer
Bruce Davison
Robert Downey Jr
Peter Gallagher
Buck Henry
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jack Lemmon
Huey Lewis
Lyle Lovett
Andie MacDowell
Frances McDormand
Matthew Modine
Julianne Moore
Tim Robbins
Annie Ross
Lori Singer
Madeleine Stowe
Lili Taylor
Lily Tomlin
Tom Waits
Fred Ward
Chris Penn
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