1981. USA. Ivan Passer. 109 min.
Sunday, March 8, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1981. USA. Directed by Ivan Passer. With Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn. This devastating neo-noir has it all: sleek design, a stripped-down narrative, a Santa Barbara locale that mixes dark alleys and glittery lawn parties, and, above all, the most complex, conflicted characters of any post-Vietnam movie. The two leads portray a pair of very different, though equally damaged, men who are neither morally righteous nor outright criminal. Bridges's commitment-phobic Bone gets by as a part- time gigolo—not exactly an upright citizen—but he's nothing compared to Heard's Cutter, a one-eyed veteran turned mad avenger. The shifting emotional complexity of their lifelong friendship is pushed into the realm of hallucinatory nightmare when a murder is committed. 109 min.