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Robert Altman

Short Cuts

185' - 1993 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: English
Director: Robert Altman Composer: Mark Isham With: Tim Robbins, Madeleine Stowe, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore
In Altman's most complex and inno­vative structure, the stories interweave like themes in a jazz symphony. Jazz plays a major part in the film in the person of Annie Ross, the singer-actress who plays a decaying saloon singer. Her daughter is a classica! cellist, and the two kinds of music reinforce the theme of emotional dissonance between parents and children, lovers and losers. A young mother works as a telephone­ sex girl. An L.A. cop cheats on his wife with another woman whose helicopter pilot ex-husband takes a grotesque revenge on her.

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Robert Altman


Mark Isham


Tim Robbins, Madeleine Stowe, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore


Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt

Director of Photography

Walt Lloyd


Geraldine Peroni


Cary Brokaw

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

Raymond Carver




Robert Altman
Modern Football (short, 1951), The Sound of Bells (short, 1952), King Basketball (short, 1952), The Last Mile (short, 1953), How to Run a Filling Station (short, 1953), The Dirty Look (short, 1954), The Builders (short, 1954), Better Football (short, 1954), The Perfect Crime (short, 1955), The Magic Bond (short, 1956), The James Dean Story (1957), The Delinquents (1957), The Party (short, 1964), The Katherine Reed Story (short, 1965), The Happening (1967), Countdown (1967), Pot au feu (short, 1967), That Cold Day in the Park (1969), M*A*S*H (1970), Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Images (1972), The Long Goobye (1973), Thieves Like Us (1974), California Split (1974), Nashville (1975), Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976), 3 Women (1977), A Wedding (1978), Quintet (1979), A Perfect Couple (1979), HealtH (1980), Popeye (1980), Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982), Streamers (1983), Secret Honor (1984), Fool for Love (1985), O.C. and Stiggs (1985), Beyond Therapy (1987), Aria (1987), Vincent & Theo (1990), The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Ready to Wear (1994), Kansas City (1996), The Gingerbread Man (1998), Cookie's Fortune (1999), Dr. T & the Women (2000), Gosford Park (2001), The Company (2003), A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

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