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Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
I just heard about the unexpected passing of John Heard, the great actor who was in many films over the years.

And, I was reminded of his great performance in the extremely underrated thriller "Cutter's Way", also starring Jeff Bridges. This is an amazing film, that deserves to be more well-known.

Highly recommended - if you haven't already seen this:
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
I like Cutter´s Way very much. It´s very 70s stylewise and we get to see top performances from the cast.
Posted by Pittsburghgirl (Member # 7514) on :
I remember watching it awhile back when AMC still played decent movies. It was a good film. Now their menu consists of Rambo marathons every other week, and Walking Dead repeats. Ugh
Posted by Logan 5 (Member # 1467) on :
It was a slow burn noir-ish movie, but I remember liking it.
Posted by Pyro (Member # 7658) on :
The name of this movie sounds familiar, but I don't think I've ever actually seen. Will have to hunt down and give it a watch.
Posted by Nostalgic for the '80's (Member # 37454) on :
Re-watched Cutter's Way earlier this week. Definitely believe that this film features Heard's best performance - he's very convincing as the disabled, drunken, but still extremely intelligent Cutter; he definitely disappears into the role to a great extent.

The film definitely has a late '70's feel/vibe, which makes sense since it was probably filmed in 1980. Nice Santa Barbara, CA setting as well.

The genuine friendship between Cutter & Bone (the Jeff Bridges character) is interesting, especially given that they have so little in common; Cutter is a disabled Vietnam vet, while Bone is little more than a beach bum. However, you can tell there's a mutual respect there & they definitely stand up for & look out for each other throughout the film.

Excellent & unexpected ending as well!

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