John Heard came back from the war minus an eye, a leg and an arm. He drinks a lot and abuses his wife, who also drinks a lot. Jeff Bridges is a friend who witnesses a murder. From this point John is “after” the killer, along side the diseased sister, while Jeff doesn’t really want to get involved in it. —IMDb
This leading figure of the Czech new wave co-scripted all of Milos Forman’s native films before making his directorial debut with the acclaimed medium-length study of football fanaticism, “A Boring Afternoon” (1964). Passer’s subsequent output displayed a Forman-like ability to capture the absurdity of everyday life and—as evinced by his highly-regarded first feature, “Intimate Lighting” (1965)—a sure feel for the uses of music in film. Following the Soviet invasion in 1968, Passer moved first to Western Europe, at the invitation of Carlo Ponti, and then to the US. He has made a number of modest, quirky films, the most successful of which, “Cutter’s Way” (1981), an off-beat study of a group of drifters, became something of a cult favorite.
In the 90s, Passer turned to the small screen first helming the made-for-cable “Fourth Story” (Showtime, 1991) and earning critical praise for his handling of the 1992 HBO biopic “Stalin”, starring Robert Duvall. Subsequently, he directed the… read more
I'm sorry I always have to be This guy but... this is a horrible movie for women. Why did Valerie just disappear entirely from the story? She was there, she had moments, she must have been important. Then: POOF! She's gone. Then, what about Mrs. Cord? Why in the fuck did they insert all these shots of her looking like she cared and in the end- all she does is turn Richard in. What the fuck? She's basically a snitch.
We all know/have known a Alex Cutter, as funny as he is sad. Watched this film many years ago, & it suprised me (while watching the film tonight) how much of it has stayed with me over the years. As much as I enjoyed seeing it again, it meant more to me when I had less. The ending is more ambiguous than I remember. But could have done with seeing more of the villain/victim earlier to build more tension. But unique.
Some movies are a-temporal, others are firmly encrusted in their time. So CUTTER'S WAY reflects the blues of post-Vietnam war Hollywood. With Lisa Eichhorn who didn't have the career she deserved. Recommended.