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Short Cuts

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Original title
Short Cuts
Running time
188 min.
United States United States
Frank Barhydt, Robert Altman. Stories: Raymond Carver
Mark Isham
Walt Lloyd
Spelling Films, Fine Line Features, Avenue Pictures
Drama | Ensemble Film
Movie Groups
Raymond Carver Adaptations
Robert Altman interweaves the different everyday stories of Los Angeles who are seemingly unconnected to each other. Based on stories by Raymond Carver, Short Cuts follows 22 Los Angeles residents whose lives intersect over the course of a few days. Ann and Howard Finnegan (Andie MacDowell and Bruce Davison) are preparing for their son Casey's birthday party when the boy is injured in an auto accident and falls into a coma. Meanwhile, Andy (Lyle Lovett), a baker, seethes with anger over the birthday cake that wasn't claimed, and Howard's father, Paul (Jack Lemmon), decides that a visit with his ailing grandson is a good time to discuss his infidelities. Lois (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a new mother who watches over her baby when not making money doing phone sex, which bothers her husband, Jerry (Chris Penn), though he knows they need the money. Pilot "Stormy" Weathers (Peter Gallagher) takes a very literal approach to dividing up community property with his ex-wife (Frances McDormand). Doreen (Lily Tomlin) is trying on to hold her marriage with Earl (Tom Waits), who is a good man on the rare occasions that he's sober. Zoe (Lori Singer), a classical musician, is trying to find some way to connect with her mother, Tess (Annie Ross), a jazz singer. Dr. Ralph Wyman (Matthew Modine) and his wife, Marian (Julianne Moore) put their bickering on hold while they have dinner with another couple, Stuart and Claire Kane (Fred Ward and Anne Archer). Stuart and his pals Gordon and Vern (Buck Henry and Huey Lewis) earlier went on a fishing trip where they discovered the body of a drowned woman but decided not to report it until the end of the weekend.
1994: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
1993: Nominated for Oscar: Best Director (Robert Altman)
1993: Golden Globes: Special Award for Ensemble, Nominated for Best Screenplay
1993: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion, Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast
1993: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Leigh)
1993: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Direction & Screenplay
1993: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Movie, Director and Screenplay. 4 Nominations
1994: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Foreign Language Film
1993: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 4 Nominations, including Best Picture
1993: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Screenplay
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