I love the New Hollywood style but couldn't care less about the murder mystery, even if it is sort of a non-mystery, which is better. But too much plot and talking about it just detracts from a good film. I liked the scenes of Old Spanish Days parade in Santa Barbara. Jeff Bridges is just starting to mature as an actor here, and there's a cameo with Nina Van Pallandt (The Long Goodbye). 3.7 not bad at all.
A stone cold masterpiece, CUTTER'S WAY continues—to this every day—to fly under radars. Director Ivan Passer artfully (and invisibly) mixes the real and the fantastic with only the Don Quixotic ending betraying the master's hand. Rather than discussing the film's politics or noir elements, shall we pick one of its many moral ambiguities? A lover is used by our good heroes, then mourned with neither tears nor regret.
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.
Bridges was solid, but Hurt overacted (or his acting was hamfisted--to the point where it was comical--as if he were trying to do a farcical pirate). Eichhorn is beautiful, but I didn't care for her acting, either. The concept is good, and I think with better casting and direction, this could have been a lot better.
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.
This is a great film to discover if you're looking around for a noir from a really weird era in the US. Some of it feels rotten and tired. Jeff Bridges and John Heard are two guys out of their element and out of time, trying to make money.
Alex Cutter, rentré infirme du Vietnam, vit avec sa femme dont il refuse l'amour et Richard Bone, un ami. Ce dernier se voit, un jour, accusé de meurtre. Il est relâché, mais croit reconnaître, peu après, le coupable, que Cutter est bien décidé à faire chanter... Un excellent Jeff Bridges... www.cinefiches.com