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Short Cuts From Short Cuts' eerily prescient opening line — ''The time has come to go to war again. Not with Iraq...but with the medfly.'' ...Short CutsDrama, ComedyR From Short Cuts' eerily prescient opening line — ''The time has come to go to war again. Not with Iraq...but with the medfly.'' ...2004-11-19Bruce DavisonRobert Downey Jr.Jennifer Jason LeighJack LemmonLyle LovettFrances McDormandMatthew ModineJulianne MooreChris PennLily TomlinTom WaitsBruce Davison, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Lyle Lovett, Frances McDormand, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Chris Penn, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits
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Short Cuts

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Andie MacDowell, Tim Robbins, Bruce Davison, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Lemmon, Lyle Lovett, Frances McDormand, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Chris Penn, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits; Director: Robert Altman; Author: Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt; MPAA Rating: R

From Short Cuts’ eerily prescient opening line — ”The time has come to go to war again. Not with Iraq…but with the medfly.” (Hello, West Nile!) — to its literally earthshaking ending, Robert Altman’s interwoven adaptation of nine Raymond Carver stories (and one poem) is still one of the most enjoyable movies ever about people being horrible to one another.

EXTRAS No commentary, but a feature-length doc provides ample opportunity to observe Altman’s hands-on direction. (See him film in a river! Marvel at how he deals with kids!) Plus, a BBC special offers gorgeous Carver readings by Frances McDormand, and a 2004 sit-down with Altman and Robbins revels in anecdotes like Julianne Moore’s response when Altman asked her to appear sans culottes: “Bob?… I really am a red-head.”

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