Directed by Ivan Passer • 1981 • United States
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn
One of the unsung gems of 1980s American cinema, CUTTER’S WAY represents a career high point for its director, Czechoslovak New Wave veteran Ivan Passer. After Richard Bone (Jeff Bridges) witnesses what may have been a man dumping a body, his suspicions fire the imagination of his friend Alex Cutter (John Heard), an embittered, alcoholic Vietnam veteran, who soon draws his wife (Lisa Eichhorn) and Bone into his obsessive, possibly delusional quest to unravel the case. Outstanding performances from Heard, Bridges, and Eichhorn fuel this character-driven mystery, which has seen its reputation steadily grow in the four decades since it was barely released by United Artists, which failed to appreciate its rich ambiguity and incisive dissection of post-Vietnam, post-Watergate disillusionment.