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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 (book), Oliver Stone (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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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Storyline

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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Death comes to all except those who deserve it most See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$609,955, 27 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,305,114
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie only received a VHS release in the United States after it died a quick death at the box office. It was finally released on Blu-ray for the first time on June 20th, 2017 by Kino Lorber. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in A Life in Film (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Thanks, But No Thanks
Written by Emery Williams, Jr (uncredited)
Performed by KoKo Taylor
From the album, "From the Heart of a Woman" - 1981
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It's very good: don't believe the hype!
19 April 2000 | by tseverinSee all my reviews

I saw this film a couple of nights ago. I only bothered as it was a Hal Ashby movie & I'm a big fan. He didn't let me down. Ok it's not a masterpiece or even amongst his best but it's still a powerfully intense thriller. Superficially similar to Scarface it is less showy, more personal & more convincing. Garcia's stylised gangster with his 'Gaudi' affectations almost unsettles the realism but is compulsive. Bridges turns in another superb performance as the hard-boiled, ex-cop battling with alcoholism & other demons. Ashby's Chandleresque take on 80's LA is familiar but beautifully vivid nevertheless. What raises it above the plethora of dark 80's thrillers is it's old-fashioned 70's values like complex character and troubled hero not in control of the narrative over fast-pace, shallow action & irony. To the post-Star Wars generation '8 Million Ways' may look meandering and indulgent but this says more about their limitations as film fans than it does about the film.


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