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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... See more »

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Scudder
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Sarah
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Sunny
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Chance
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Angel Maldonado
Lisa Sloan ...
Linda Scudder
Christa Denton ...
Laurie Scudder
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Quintero
Wilfredo Hernández ...
Hector Lopez (as Wilfredo Hernandez)
Luisa Leschin ...
Hector's Wife
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Durkin
Henry O. Arnold ...
Homicide Detective (as Chip Arnold)
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Deputy D.A.
Jack Younger ...
Drunk
Zoaunne LeRoy ...
Nurse
Abigail Shelton ...
AA Member
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Elderly Man
Phil Peters ...
Rugged Man
Elva García ...
Daughter (as Elva Garcia)
Michael Galindo ...
Son #2
Pete Galindo ...
Son #1
Miriam E. Schubach ...
AA Speaker #1
Lois Gerace ...
AA Speaker #2
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AA Member
Sue Rihr ...
Young Woman
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Slim
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Nose Guard (as Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.)
William Marquez ...
Tio
Fred Asparagus ...
Mundo
Robb Madrid ...
Victor Padillo
Raegan Newman ...
Girl
Richard A. Michels ...
Player
Arie Gedis ...
Gambler
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Tote Lady (as Rosalind Ingledew)
Arthur Ervin ...
Waiter
Frank Dent ...
Boot Salesman
Henry Lewis ...
PO' Boy's Market Manager
Roberto A. Jimenez ...
Jamie Rodriguez (as Roberto Jimenez)
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Angel Heavy #3
Danny De La Paz ...
Angel Heavy #4
Oliver 'Ollie' Farley ...
Ollie
Gilbert O. Parra ...
Gil
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Buster
Art Fransen ...
Cop
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruce Goldstein ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Police Officer (uncredited)
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Juan (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hal Ashby

Written by

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Lawrence Block ... (book)
 
Oliver Stone ... (screenplay) &
R. Lance Hill ... (screenplay) (as David Lee Henry)
 
Hal Ashby ... () (uncredited)
 
Robert Towne ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Mark Damon ... executive producer
John W. Hyde ... executive producer
Charles Mulvehill ... co-producer
Stephen J. Roth ... producer (as Steve Roth)

Music by

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James Newton Howard

Cinematography by

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Stephen H. Burum

Film Editing by

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Robert Lawrence
Stuart H. Pappé ... (as Stuart Pappé)

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter (as Donah J. Basset)
Vicki Hiatt ... assistant film editor
Stephen Mark ... assistant film editor
Paula Pappé ... assistant film editor
Richard Ritchie ... color timer (as Dick Ritchie)
Ed Stabile ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Michael D. Haller ... (as Michael Haller)

Art Direction by

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Mark W. Mansbridge

Set Decoration by

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Barbara Krieger
John T. Walker ... (as John Thomas Walker)

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham

Makeup Department

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Pete Altobelli ... makeup artist: Jeff Bridges
Nadia ... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist
Rick Stratton ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Hal Harrison ... post-production supervisor
Charles Mulvehill ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert Engelman ... second assistant director
Nancy King ... second second assistant director
W. Thomas Snyder ... key second assistant director: reshoots
L. Andrew Stone ... first assistant director (as Andy Stone)

Art Department

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Steve Alexander ... construction foreman
Larry Clark Bird ... property master (as Larry Bird)
Curt Jackson ... paint foreman
Don Kaeding ... set dresser
Bob Lawless ... stand-by painter
Frederick Lietzman ... prop maker
Gordon Meloeny ... lead man (as Gordon T. Meloeny)
Butch West ... construction foreman
Ken Zimmerman ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Anna Boorstin ... sound editor
Jean Caperonis ... sound editorial assistant
William C. Carruth ... adr editor
Don Coufal ... production sound
Samuel C. Crutcher ... supervising sound editor
Bruce Fortune ... sound editor
Gaspar ... sound editorial assistant
Walter A. Gest ... sound recordist
John Keating ... sound transfer
Robert J. Litt ... re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer
Steve Richardson ... sound editor
Norman B. Schwartz ... post-production dialogue (as Norman Schwartz)
James Simcik ... adr assistant
Karen I. Stern ... adr editor (as Karen Stern)
Beth Sterner ... supervising foley editor
Jim Stuebe ... production sound
Elliot Tyson ... re-recording mixer
Tim Webb ... sound recordist
Jeff Wexler ... production sound
Butch Wolf ... sound editor
Gary Wright ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Phil Cory ... special effects coordinator (as Phil Corey)
Thomas R. Ward ... special effects foreman (as Tom Ward)
John Hughes ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bobby Bass ... stunts
Christine Anne Baur ... stunts (as Christine Baur)
Michael Cassidy ... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
Gary Davis ... stunts
John Escobar ... stunt driver
Cindy Folkerson ... stunts
Ted Grossman ... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunts
Jimmy Nickerson ... stunts
Victor Paul ... stunts
Mario Roberts ... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... stunts (as Tom Rosales)
Scott L. Treger ... surf stunts
Jon Parker Ward ... stunts (as Parker Ward)
Loyd Catlett ... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
James Winburn ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Sidney Ray Baldwin ... still photographer
Dustin Blauvelt ... first assistant camera
Emmett Brown ... key grip (as Emmett A. Brown)
Joseph Cosko Jr. ... second assistant camera
Elliot Davis ... camera operator
Bob Fillis ... best boy electric (as Robert Fillis)
Bill Fleming ... key grip (as William Fleming)
Robert E. Gaynor ... dolly grip (as Robert Gaynor)
Tim Griffith ... chief lighting technician
Michael J. Hogan ... video assist operator
Dennis M. Kuneff ... best boy grip (as Dennis Kuneff)
Louis Mahler ... video technician
Stan McClain ... camera operator: aerial unit, opening titles
Rick Fee ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Cheryl Beasley Blackwell ... costumer: women
Roberta Newman ... assistant costumer
G. Tony Scarano ... costumer: men (as Tony Scarano)

Location Management

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Richard Davis Jr. ... location manager (as Richard Davis)
Spencer Quinn ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician
James Newton Howard ... musician
Michael Landau ... musician
Michael Mason ... music engineer
Michael Ross ... music engineer
Marcus Ryle ... musician
Bill Schnee ... music engineer
Ted Whitfield ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Walt Freitas ... transportation coordinator
William Charles Hauer ... transportation captain (as William C. Hauer)
Wayne Nelson ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Alicia Alexander ... production assistant
Warren Glen Chidester ... production assistant (as Warren Chidester)
Charles Conley ... craft service
Marc Deschaine ... production assistant
Eric Haller ... production assistant
Beat Hellstern ... production assistant
Michael J. Hogan ... assistant video technician (as Michael Hogan)
Larry Hollister ... first aid
Carol Shapiro Janson ... unit publicist
David R. Lawson ... first aid (as David Lawson)
Steven McAfee ... production secretary
Ingrid C. Michaels ... production coordinator
Stuart H. Pappé ... title background designer (as Stuart Pappé)
Gilbert O. Parra ... technical advisor (as Sgt. Gilbert O. Parra)
Sheila Possner ... assistant: Mr. Ashby
Ana Maria Quintana ... script supervisor
William F. Rose Jr. ... assistant accountant (as William Rose Jr.)
Roberta Rose ... production accountant
Patrice Ryan ... title designer (as Patty Greer)
Ann Scrimshaw ... assistant: Mr. Roth
Lincoln Stalmaster ... production assistant
Donna Wells ... assistant: Mr. Roth
Bruce Goldstein ... stand-in (uncredited)
Melissa Smith ... sales and marketing coordinator (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Death comes to all except those who deserve it most See more »
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Also Known As
  • Huit millions de façons de mourir (France)
  • 8 millones de maneras de morir (Spain)
  • Spill med døden (Norway)
  • 8 Millionen Wege zu sterben (Austria)
  • 8 Millionen Wege zu sterben (West Germany)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $609,955, 27 Apr 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia Oliver Stone was very displeased with how the final version of the film turned out as it had little to do with his original script, which subsequently was re-written by R. Lance Hill who reported straight to producer Mark Damon an act which offended Hal Ashby. Hill's draft of the script was not popular with the producers or the cast and contained a huge gun battle climax in an airport which would inflate the budget to at least $16 million. Robert Towne was then hired to doctor the script for a fee of $250,000 (a quarter of his usual amount) and began erasing much of Hill's work. While the producers tried to console Hill he was furious with Ashby and claimed he had been back-stabbed. Towne was highly critical of Hill's effort on the script, claiming "if it had any more clarity it might have risen to the dignity of an exploitation film." The dialogue was further revised in improvisation. Stone only visited the set once and wanted to have his name taken off the picture but it was too late as the credits were already made up for it. Hill opted to use his pseudonym of 'David Lee Henry' for his work on the film. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Breakthrough Stars of 1991 (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Cachumbambe See more »
Quotes Angel Moldonado: You think I'm a fool? That's rude, man. You're being disrespectful and rude.
Matthew 'Matt' Scudder: Rude? Come on, you were rude all over the fucking street with Sunny, weren't you? Rude?
Angel Moldonado: Let me explain something to you, what happend to Sunny, man. What happened to her, is people think that if you have to kill somebody in the course of... doing business, sometimes it pays to advertise. You know, make it messy. Remind people they bleed when they die. It might even prevent more killings.
Matthew 'Matt' Scudder: You're a real humanitarian.
Angel Moldonado: I am.
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