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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 »
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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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There Are Eight Million Stories In The Naked City... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer John W. Hyde is now also producing another book-to-film version of a Matt Scudder thriller. This time he is involved in bringing author Lawrence Block's "A Walk Among the Tombstones" to the big screen. Liam Neeson will be starring as Scudder. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Joe Durkin: The murder rate used to be a thousand a year. Three a day, and that was high. Now it's five. Higher in the summer. Fourteen two Fridays ago. We get the death penalty six, seven times a day, only it's not for murderers, it's for ordinary citizens.
Matthew 'Matt' Scudder: Yeah, there are 8 million stories in the naked city. Remember that old TV show? What we have in this town is eight million ways to die.
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Connections

Referenced in De Palma (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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