Short Cuts

  |  Buy to Own: 06/03/1995
  |  Watch Now: 05/03/2010
  |  180 min
Rated 18 by the BBFC


Robert Altman's surburban epic, set in Los Angeles and with twenty-two principal characters, is an elaborate construction which seeks to interweave all of their lives in variously symbolic ways and thus paint a grand canvas of modern urban living with all the attendant alienation, frustration and bitterness. Lois is a phone-sex operator, her husband Jerry a swimming pool cleaner to Ann, the wife of a TV star, Howard, and the mother of Casey who is hit by a car driven by Doreen, who is a waitress married to Earl. Jerry also cleans the pool of jazz singer Tess, mother of cellist Zoe who flips when she hears of Casey's death. At Casey's deathbed in hospital is the long-lost father of Howard, and Dr Wyman, the sexually jealous husband of Marian, who is sister of Sherri, wife of an adulterous cop Gene who's cheating with Betty, ex-wife to Stormy, and so on.