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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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Trivia

On a budget of $18,000,000, a huge amount by 1986 standards, this only grossed $500,000. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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On The Edge of Love
Performed by Tollak
Written by Cynthia Weil and Scott Cutler
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Underrated Mid-80's detective film
24 March 2004 | by See 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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