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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Scudder
... Sarah
... Sunny
... Chance
... Angel Maldonado
Lisa Sloan ... Linda Scudder
Christa Denton ... Laurie Scudder
... Quintero
Wilfredo Hernández ... Hector Lopez (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Luisa Leschin ... Hector's Wife
... Durkin
Henry O. Arnold ... Homicide Detective (as Chip Arnold)
... 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)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$609,955, 27 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,305,114
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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

Boom mic reflected in car window (at around 1h 12 mins). 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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Referenced in Cool World (1992) See more »

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Cachumbambe
Written and Performed by Miguel Cruz
From the album, "Musico Poeta y Loco" by Miguel Cruz and Skins (1982)
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One of the more bizarre movies I've seen in a while
19 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

"8 Million Ways to Die" is a perfect example of why Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors. The overall movie might be muddled (even bad) but he always brings a laser focus to the job; more often than not, he keeps things alive and kicking. Here, he's playing an alcoholic cop who only really develops an interest in the case after he fails to keep his employer alive. And he really sells the self-loathing that comes with addiction.

This is one of those mid-'80s noirs, comparable to "Against All Odds" and "To Live and Die in L.A." (although not as good as either of those). The plotting is scattered throughout, but it starts out very nicely (a beautiful aerial opening) and sees a few startling lows (a snowcone negotiation and a frenzied warehouse shouting match). Trivia has it that the production was troubled by rewrites and studio interference, and that certainly shows in the final product. Ultimately, it just reminds me of better movies.

5/10


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