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8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

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Sarah
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Sunny
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Chance
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Angel Maldonado
Lisa Sloan ...
Linda Scudder
Christa Denton ...
Laurie Scudder
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Quintero
Wilfredo Hernández ...
Hector Lopez (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Luisa Leschin ...
Hector's Wife
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Durkin
Chip Arnold ...
Homicide Detective
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Deputy D.A.
Jack Younger ...
Drunk
Zoaunne LeRoy ...
Nurse
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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)  »

Also Known As:

8 Millionen Wege zu sterben  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,305,114 (USA)
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Director Hal Ashby was fired just after principal photography wrapped, and the studio, PSO Entertainment (whose first major production this was), took over creative control. See more »

Goofs

When Scudder shoots Hector in the chest, a small amount of blood leaks out of the wound, and there is no blood on the blue door behind Hector. This suggests the bullet stayed inside Hector's body. Hector continues standing for several seconds, with a small amount of blood trickling. The next second, Hector drops and the front of his shirt is drenched in blood, as well as the door behind him. This suggests an explosive through-and-through shot. See more »

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Matthew 'Matt' Scudder: You have quite an education haven't you?
Sarah: Anyone who gets passed the age of two has an education.
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Barge In, Stumble Out
27 April 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Los Angeles police detective Jeff Bridges (as Matthew "Matt" Scudder) drinks on the job and use excessive force. In the opening scenes, he shoots a drug dealer, passes out, then loses his job. After speaking at an "Alcoholics Anonymous" meeting, Mr. Bridges receives a mysterious note requesting he help hooker Alexandra Paul (as Sunny) pull out of the sex trade...

Bridges is reluctant, but she pleads, "I don't wanna be a whore anymore!" Uncooperative pimp Randy Brooks (as Willie "Chance" Walker) doesn't let his ladies off easily. Bridges becomes even more acquainted with prostitute Rosanna Arquette (as Sarah) and her head customer Andy Garcia (as Angel Moldonado)...

"8 Million Ways to Die" is interesting as the last feature film directed by Hal Ashby, a great "actor's director" who lets this story get away. The improvisational quality adds realism - but you have to know when to stop, what to re-write, and how to edit. Witness, for example, the scene when Bridges meets Mr. Garcia in a parking for snow-cones. Something is wrong.

**** 8 Million Ways to Die (4/25/86) Hal Ashby ~ Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Andy Garcia, Alexandra Paul


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