8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  25 April 1986 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angel Maldonado
Lisa Sloan ...
Linda Scudder
Christa Denton ...
Laurie Scudder
Wilfredo Hernández ...
Hector Lopez (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Luisa Leschin ...
Hector's Wife
Henry O. Arnold ...
Homicide Detective (as Chip Arnold)
Deputy D.A.
Jack Younger ...
Zoaunne LeRoy ...


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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8 Millionen Wege zu sterben  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$1,305,114 (USA)

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According to Executive Producer Mark Damon (quoted from "A Life in Film: An Interview with Mark Damon," Director Hal Ashby "threw away the script" and had the actors improvise all their dialog and actions. See more »


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 »


Angel Moldonado: OK, OK, OK. My fault. I'm sorry. I didn't get laid today.
Matthew 'Matt' Scudder: Well, we've all got our problems.
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References The Right Stuff (1983) See more »

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8 Million Mistakes
8 August 2010 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

I am a huge Hal Ashby fan - he was a brilliant editor (Oscar winner for In The Heat Of The Night) and an even better director (Being There, Coming Home, Shampoo, to name a few) but this film is a mess. I just read a book on Ashby's life and here was a lot of trouble on this film

  • the studio wanted a sleek Miami Vice type film and of course Ashby

wanted a gritty movie closer to the author Laurence Block's books. You can tell there's huge chunks missing - the film is disjointed - Bridges does a nice job playing the damaged cop but in one of the worst pieces of miscasting - Alexandra Paul plays the sultry hooker who is supposed to lure Bridges and she is awful - about all she can play is flirty sorority girl and their scenes are dull and boring. Rosanna Arquette has nothing to play - a one dimensional another hooker with a heart of gold. Garcia does his best with what he has to play and there are some good scenes btwn him and Bridges. But overall, a schlocky mess with a terrible 80's synth score.

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