Cutter’s Way (1981)

Cutter's Way (1981)

Taglines: Alex Cutter had a fantasy… One his friends could not escape.

After emigrating to the United States in 1969, Czech-born director Ivan Passer finally broke through to American audiences with his fourth film, a unique blend of mystery and social commentary. Cutter’s Way is set in Santa Barbara, CA, a community of wealth and power. Its main characters, however, are among the town’s have-nots: Richard Bone Jeff Bridges, a beach-boy gigolo starting to go to seed; Bone’s best friend Alex Cutter (John Heard), a Vietnam veteran maimed in body and spirit; and Mo (Lisa Eichorn), Cutter’s alcoholic wife.

When Cutter spots one of the community’s most prominent citizens in the act of covering up a murder, Bone insists that the police would never take their word over that of a man of wealth and prestige. Cutter seizes the opportunity to blackmail the killer, as a means of striking back at a system he thinks sent him off to an unjust war and ruined his life.

The film was fortunate to fall into the hands of United Artists Classics, a new division of the company crippled by the financial disaster of Heaven’s Gate. UA Classics adroitly marketed Cutter’s Way, riding a wave of rave reviews and good word-of-mouth among more discriminating filmgoers to modest box-office success.

Cutter’s Way (also known as Cutter and Bone) is a 1981 thriller directed by Ivan Passer. The film stars Jeff Bridges, John Heard, and Lisa Eichhorn. The screenplay was by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, based on the novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg.

Cutter’s Way (also known as Cutter and Bone) is a 1981 thriller directed by Ivan Passer. The film stars Jeff Bridges, John Heard, and Lisa Eichhorn. The screenplay was by Jeffrey Alan Fiskin, based on the novel Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg.

Cutter's Way Movie Poster (1981)

Cutter’s Way (1981)

Directed by: Ivan Passer
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott, Arthur Rosenberg, Nina van Pallandt, Patricia Donahue
Screenplay by: Jeffrey Alan Fiskin
Production Design by: Josan F. Russo
Cinematography by: Jordan Cronenweth
Film Editing by: Caroline Biggerstaff
Set Decoration by: Thomas L. Roysden
Art Direction by; Josan F. Russo
Music by: Jack Nitzsche
Distributed by: United Artists
Release Date: March 20, 1981