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
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.
offering the viewer the benefit of the doubt while combining themes that work so well together should be praised as a job well done in the domain of plot development. add a very fine performance by j.heard and some pretty quirky and daring scenes and you have a great thing in front of you. if only it weren't for that occasional sidetracking and a very silly ending...
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.
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.
J.J. Cord, who represents everything that is cold, cruel and without soul, is surely one of cinema's most terrifying villains. He is the ultimate puppet-master -- on the periphery, out of sight, always on the mind. The film's final words are particularly unsettling because of what they imply about the irrelevance of moral accountability in the face of so much power and influence (to say nothing of the ambiguity).
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.