Cutaway (2000 film)

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For the film-making technique, see Cutaway (filmmaking).
Directed by Guy Manos
Produced by Cutting Edge Entertainment
Golden ParaShoot Entertainment
Written by Tony Griffin
Greg Manos
Guy Manos
Ted Williams
Starring Tom Berenger
Stephen Baldwin
Dennis Rodman
Maxine Bahns
Casper Van Dien
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Phillip Glasser
Marcos Ferraez
Adam Wylie
Roy Ageloff
And Ron Silver
Music by Larry Brown
Cinematography Norman Kent
Gerry Lively
Edited by Martin Hunter
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Running time
104 min.
Language English
Budget US$9 million (est.)[1]

Cutaway is a 2000 action film about skydiving, directed by Guy Manos and starring Tom Berenger, Stephen Baldwin, Dennis Rodman, Maxine Bahns, Ron Silver, Casper Van Dien, and Thomas Ian Nicholas. The film features numerous aerial stunts and much of the film was shot in Miami. This was Dennis Rodman's third film. The term "cut-away" is used frequently in the film, in reference to parachuting and also in reference to life in general.



A U.S. Customs Agent, Victor "Vic" Cooper (Stephen Baldwin), is about to make a drug bust as a plane lands, but the pilot (Cat Stone) and the plane are searched and no evidence is found. Cooper later suspects that the drugs are being jettisoned by parachute and goes to a drop zone to investigate. He notices a picture of the pilot and then seeks to infiltrate a group of skydivers, led by a man named Red Line (Tom Berenger), believing they are involved in drug smuggling. The group is training for an upcoming competition where teams compete to be the fastest to form a ring formation of eight people during free-fall. Cooper trains in a vertical wind tunnel with a man in the Army, Delmira (Casper Van Dien), in order to quickly improve his skills. Cooper falls for a woman in the group named Star (Maxine Bahns) and clashes with another member of the group named Turbo (Dennis Rodman). Lieutenant Brian Margate (Ron Silver) questions Agent Cooper's judgement and later questions his loyalty as Cooper becomes more and more enmeshed in the group.

The term "cutaway" is used universally by skydivers for the act of jettisoning their main parachute canopy if it malfunctions, before pulling their reserve. By extension, in this case, it refers to Cooper cutting away from (leaving) his former life (family, jobs, etc.) to skydive.

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