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3.7
309 Ratings

Cutter's Way

Directed by Ivan Passer
United States, 1981
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Richard spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter.

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Cutter's Way Directed by Ivan Passer

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

1982 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1982 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actress

Although comparable to classic early ‘70s downers like “Chinatown” and “The Long Goodbye,” this story of three post-hippie losers drawn by chance and paranoia into a sordid murder mystery was born too late and has never gotten the recognition it deserves… Appearing at the dawn of Ronald Reagan’s “new morning,” Mr. Passer’s movie was a hopeless outlier. And so, despite intermittent shout-outs, it remains maudit, even as its anti-corporate populism is now in vogue.
May 13, 2016
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Though it never sets foot in Southeast Asia, Cutter’s Way is a great Vietnam movie. Like many of the neo-noirs of the 1970s and ‘80s, it’s a shaggy-dog story propelled by a combination of paranoia and justifiable fear, yet where other films of its ilk derive their tension from unseen omnipotent forces, director Ivan Passer’s opus stems directly from the lingering trauma of veterans and civilians alike.
May 04, 2016
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Passer’s greatest coup was hiring DP Jordan Cronenweth, who veils Santa Barbara in a jaundiced palette – the city seems to expel Cutter and his cronies as a digestive system expels bile.
April 19, 2016
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