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8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

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 »

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Lawrence Block (based upon the book by), Oliver Stone (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Bridges ... Scudder
Rosanna Arquette ... Sarah
Alexandra Paul ... Sunny
Randy Brooks ... Chance
Andy Garcia ... Angel Maldonado
Lisa Sloan Lisa Sloan ... Linda Scudder
Christa Denton ... Laurie Scudder
Vance Valencia ... Quintero
Wilfredo Hernández Wilfredo Hernández ... Hector Lopez (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Luisa Leschin Luisa Leschin ... Hector's Wife
Vyto Ruginis ... Durkin
Henry O. Arnold Henry O. Arnold ... Homicide Detective (as Chip Arnold)
James Avery ... Deputy D.A.
Jack Younger Jack Younger ... Drunk
Zoaunne LeRoy 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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Trivia

The residence was where Angel Moldonado (Andy Garcia) lives is called the O'Neill House built by O'Neill in 1978. O'Neill was a fan of Gaudi. In the movie, Angel talks quite a bit about Antoni Gaudi and how he inspired the unusual home. Areas of the property that were shown in the flick include the guest house and interiors. The house is located at 507 N Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. The house was also featured in a season 1 episode of Beverly Hills 90210 and was the house where Richard Gere stole a blue 1957 Thunderbird from in the 1983 movie Breathless. See more »

Goofs

When Angel hands over cheek slaps and hugs to his colleagues before the showdown, a boom mic operator changing his position can be seen reflecting from the side of the car in front. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: [to Scudder] You're just an opportunistic prick who'd fuck mud if it'd move a little and not argue too much.
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Last Mistake
Performed by New Toys
Written by Barry Coffing
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Underrated Mid-80's detective film
24 March 2004 | by JohnQpublicSee all my reviews

This film is consistently rated at or below the median for it's genre and period. In my opinion, this is an unfair rating... the film is better than it has been portrayed.

Jeff Bridges plays Matt Scudder, a down on his luck detective who is suspended by the LAPD after a violent confrontation with a suspect.

Bridges life spirals down (in something of a preview of the character he would later play in perhaps his best film, 1991's The Fisher King) into chronic alcoholism. He receives an unexpected invitation to a party hosted by Angel Maldonado (Andy Garcia in an early role) and there the story proper begins.

Scudder is drawn into the dark side of LA's party scene by "Sunny", one of Maldonado's erstwhile hangers on. Through this connection, Scudder determines to bring down Maldonado's drug empire - and make off with Maldonado's favourite girl...

All standard hollywood stuff, but reasonably well done. The mid 80's seems to have been a fairly soft time for truly good films, but this one is worth watching. I give it 7/10 on the public scale...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 Millionen Wege zu sterben See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$609,955, 27 April 1986

Gross USA:

$1,305,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,305,114
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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