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Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his ... See full summary »

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Willie 'Chance' Walker
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Angel Moldonado
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Linda Scudder
Christa Denton ...
Laurie Scudder
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Wilfredo Hernández ...
Hector Lopez (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Luisa Leschin ...
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Joe Durkin
Chip Arnold ...
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Deputy D.A.
Jack Younger ...
Drunk
Zoaunne LeRoy ...
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Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his drinking problem and this alcoholism causes him to lose his job, as well as his marriage. During his recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous, he meets a mysterious stranger who draws him back into a world of vice. In trying to help this beautiful woman, he must enter a crime-world of prostitution and drugs to solve a murder, while resisting the temptation to return to his alcohol abuse. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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25 April 1986 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,305,114 (USA)
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During the shoot out at the end of the movie, the trolley system is a sister to "Angels Flight" in the Bunker Hill part of L.A. Nothing is ever mentioned about this, anywhere on the web. See more »

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When Matt is laying on top of the fence at his house the position of the newspaper on the driveway changes depending on the shot. See more »

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Matthew 'Matt' Scudder: You have quite an education haven't you?
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Ashby More Familiar With Substance Abuse Than Crime
15 September 2010 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

That was what I took away from this film. The depiction of alcoholism is stunningly accurate-- thanks in part to Jeff Bridges, of course, but I think the main source of this reality was director Hal Ashby's own experience with drug abuse. This element of the film plays out very well. Unfortunately the actual story is a crime mystery, not a strict character study of an addict. And the crime mystery is very, very weak. After a classic film noir set up in the first third, we are immediately shown who the villain is and what he's up to. Which doesn't really leave us with much of interest for the last two thirds of the film. For example, by the time Bridges reveals the "Big Secret of What's Really Going On" to the other characters we are not surprised at all, even though the scene is played out as a pivotal point in the plot.

I think that if the film had been more skillfully edited, we would have had a story that was both artistic as a character study and involving as a crime story. Maybe if Ashby hadn't been so familiar with substance abuse, he wouldn't have been fired from the film after principal shooting and we could have seen the film as he intended.


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