Cutter’s Way (1981)


“I don’t drink. You know, the routine grind drives me to drink. Tragedy, I take straight.” – Alex Cutter

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After witnessing a shadow disposing a body in the middle of the night, a man and his best friend decide to try and blackmail the culprit,

My Take on it – This is a film that I had ever heard of beforehand yet was intrigued to see what it was all about.

The overall premise of the story is an interesting one yet they fail to make it more effective.

The film has some great performances yet things move too slowly and inconsistently to make the viewer care more about what will happen.

None of the characters are developed well enough and that also hurts things.

Both Jeff Bridges and John Heard give nice performances ere with these characters but neither of them is developed on a deeper level that would help us understand their motivations more or even care about what will happen to them.

Perhaps the source novel that this film is based on has the ability to develop them on a deeper level that would help make the story more powerful than the way it is done here.

These two characters are far too erratic in their opinions and methods of doing things that it all comes across a bit too strange because they keep changing their minds on things without much of a real explanation as to why.

The story deals with corruption on various levels and how different people react to things based on their own personal views on the subject.

Unfortunately tho this never are able to reach a point where we can truly care about what these characters think or want.

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that is helped by great performances but things move far too slowly and inconsistently to make things more effective. Bridges and Heard are both great in the lead roles but the film doesn’t manage to develop them well enough for us to really care about them or about what will happen.  I wonder if the source novel is able to explain and develop these character in a more comprehensive way that would make things more powerful. The characters are too erratic in their opinions and they are constantly changing their way of thinking as things move along without enough of an explanation for the viewer. The film deals with corruption and how different people view the subject yet they unfortunately never reach a point where things make enough sense.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Before the production started for this film, Ivan Passer and producer Paul Gurian went to Jeff Bridges’s house to ask him if he agreed to play Bone’s character. But after both entered into Bridge’s property, the actor’s dog, a big German shepherd, attacked Gurian and bit him at the jaw. Gurian nearly died. Jeff Bridges later confessed that, after this accident, he had no choice but to accept the role if he wanted to avoid to be sued for several millions dollars. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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