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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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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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Henry O. Arnold ...
Homicide Detective (as Chip Arnold)
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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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There Are Eight Million Stories In The Naked City... See more »


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25 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

8 Millionen Wege zu sterben  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$609,955 (USA) (27 April 1986)

Gross:

$1,305,114 (USA)
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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

(at 33:00m) When Sunny, the hooker, is thrown from bridge into the river, she is initially shown lying dead in one position along the water's edge, face-down on riverbank. In the subsequent shot, she's in an alternate position and location, more blood-soaked, and face now submerged. 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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Referenced in De Palma (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Cachumbambe
Written and Performed by 'Miguel Cruz'
From the album, "Musico Poeta y Loco" by 'Miquel Cruz and Skins' - 1982
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It's very good: don't believe the hype!
19 April 2000 | by (London, England) – See 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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