Lily Tomlin and Tom Waits -- Shortcuts (Part 3)





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Published on Jul 5, 2008

(3/3) This is a compilation of all of the Lily Tomlin/Tom Waits scenes from 1993 Robert Altman film Shortcuts. A friend made me watch this film about six years ago because she's a Robert Downey Jr. fan, but the only storyline that had any effect on me was this one. I particularly found the scene where Earl comes into the diner distraught after spending the night without his wife to be very moving. I think that Earl and Doreen have the most satisfying ending—they're still flawed, but devoted to each other. Also, this is the movie that made me a Tom Waits fan! After I fell in love with his music, I re-watched this film and choked up when they say to each other, "'Til the wheels come off," just like in Waits's ballad "Picture in a Frame" from his Mule Variations album.

I don't own the rights to this—it's just my attempt at using movie-editing software, so I hope I don't offend anyone.

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I need a man like that!
Didn't remember the movie at all (it's been a while), but the scene in the diner remained, as if notched in my memory. His choice of delivering those first lines, saying that he was looking for her the night before, and couldn't find her ('cause she was out with another man), with nothing but his love for her untouched in his (aching) heart, blew me away. It was so real, and truly inspiring. Btw her last line here (I hear: "Won the big one!") wasn't in the script, one can tell by his reaction. Two real, big smiles - great cut :~)
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Ronald Almeida
Tom Waits should give up his pretensious drunk singing and stick to acting.
Mark Arandjus
If I didn't know any, I sez if I didn't know any better I'd think it was Ron Perlman.
Wow....good to come back too....he puts so much heart into this... My man for all time....well, toss in some Jonathan Winters...Oscar Levant...Ernie Kovacs, all up there with Tom on the mountain.
I'm a huge Ray Carver fan, and this is the first time I've seen any of his stories dramatized. Thanks for posting.
So, did you get those films...Cold Feet and Ironweed?
Nice. I've seen this movie many times. You should do a Gene Shepard compilation too. I love Tim robbins scenes in this one. Thank You
dominick gambini
this was great, ive never seen this before. The ending was great..."how about you on a bed of rice"
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