Among the high-tech, big-budget and inevitably upbeat films of the 1980s, a few introspective character studies managed to slip through. One of the best is "Cutter's Way."
The film follows the desperate attempts of three characters trying to find some meaning to their lives amid, ironically, the sunny beauty of Santa Barbara.
At the center of the film stands Cutter, a one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged, distempered, alcoholic veteran, played at full volume by John Heard. When his best buddy, a gigolo named Bone (played by Jeff Bridges) catches a glimpse of a body being dumped in an alley, Cutter decides they are going to solve the murder--especially when Bone is tabbed as a suspect.
Cutter, Bone and the woman between them (played by Lisa Eichhorn) are far from the "TV-happy" people that populate most movies. You will recognized these emotional, witty, sad characters as people you've known (or been).