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 … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Lawrence Block, David Lee Henry, Oliver Stone
In Theaters:
Box Office: $1.3M
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment



as Scudder

as Angel Moldonado

as Chance

as Linda Scudder

as Hector Lopez

as Hector's wife

as Durkin

as Homicide Detective

as Deputy DA

as AA Member

as Elderly Man

as Rugged Man

as Daughter

as AA Speaker

as AA Member

as Young Woman

as Slim

as Victor Podillo

as Gambler

as Boot Salesman

as Po' Boy's Market Man...

as Jamie Rodriquez

as Angel Heavy

as Angel Heavy

as Nose Guard
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Critic Reviews for 8 Million Ways To Die

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

An oddly-paced work that is sometimes a thriller and sometimes a love story, succeeding at neither.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

How did Eight Million Ways to Die commit suicide? Let us count the ways.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2011

Considering the major talents involved here, one would expect to find something more than a run-of-the-mill crime thriller.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

May 19, 2005
Eclipse Magazine

Audience Reviews for 8 Million Ways To Die


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.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

An 80s favorite of mine with a great cast with among others
Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Randy Brooks and Andy Garcia.

Magnus XXXX

Super Reviewer

I know, I know. With a cast like this, how could it go wrong? Well, trust me, it does.

Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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