8 Million Ways To Die (1986)
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Jeff Bridges plays Matthew Scudder, an LA sheriff who loses his job due to his inability to stay away from booze. While attending an AA meeting, Scudder is invited to attend a party, where he meets the beauteous Sunny (Alexandra Paul). Also at the party is druggie Chance (Randy Brooks), an old enemy of Scudder's. It doesn't take long for Scudder to figure out that Chance is a pimp and Sunny is one of his hookers. She begs Scudder to help her break away from Chance. Not long afterward, Sunny is killed, and Scudder crawls back into the bottle. Eventually sobering up, he vows to avenge Sunny's death. Much blood is spilled before the killer is revealed; along the way, Scudder gets a new lease on life when he falls in love with ex-hooker Rosanna Arquette. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for 8 Million Ways To Die
An oddly-paced work that is sometimes a thriller and sometimes a love story, succeeding at neither.
What happened? With Ashby, Bridges, Arquette and a script co-written by Oliver Stone, you expect the result to be better than a long drawn-out episode of The Equalizer.
How did Eight Million Ways to Die commit suicide? Let us count the ways.
Too bad that the gifted director Hal Ashby (Last Detail, Shampoo) ended his career with such a sleazy thriller that even the reliable and appealing Jeff Bridges can't salvage.
Considering the major talents involved here, one would expect to find something more than a run-of-the-mill crime thriller.
Audience Reviews for 8 Million Ways To Die
Could this be one of the 80's most overlooked films? It has everything a cheesy 80's action/thriller should have, it's pretty edgy too with violence and colourful language. It should have a minor cult following at least but alas, I guess it just wasn't publicised very well. Although, to be fair, it's not going to appeal to you if you had hoped for a Hal Ashby style film like he made in the 70's. Being There/Harold & Maude this definitely ain't but give it a go, especially if you like a bit of 80's nostalgia. The characters and performances make up for anything dodgy in the script or story.
Based on a series of detective stories from novelist Lawrence Block, "8 Million Ways to Die" is a curious little crime thriller from director Hal Ashby and writers Oliver Stone and David Lee Henry centered on alcoholic ex-cop Matt Scudder (played by utmost commitment Jeff Bridges, who never seems to be giving less than a hundred percent in his roles) as he is dragged into the sleazy underworld of drugs and prostitution. "8 Million Ways to Die" is gritty, full of coarse language and pretty entertaining, but it runs out of steam halfway through, leaving us with an unremarkable second half and an even more unremarkable finale. (The climactic shootout is an embarrassing mess of bad cuts and poor staging.) It's a real shame because the first half is so promising and Jeff Bridges is so good as his character that when the film starts heading downhill with a surplus of tired clichés, cheap dialogue and subpar filmmaking, we're left hoping that it will eventually get better, but it never does. So, what we're left with in the end is a film that had the potential for greatness, but fell disappointingly short.More
An 80s favorite of mine with a great cast with among others
Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Randy Brooks and Andy Garcia.
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