8 Million Ways To Die (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Jeff Bridges
as Scudder
Andy Garcia
as Angel Moldonado
Randy Brooks
as Chance
Lisa Sloan
as Linda Scudder
Vance Valencia
as Quintero
Wilfredo Hernandez
as Hector Lopez
Luisa Leschin
as Hector's wife
Vyto Ruginis
as Durkin
Chip Arnold
as Homicide Detective
James Avery
as Deputy DA
Abigail Shelton
as AA Member
Don Edmonds
as Elderly Man
Phil Peters
as Rugged Man
Elva Garcia
as Daughter
Miriam E. Schubach
as AA Speaker
Lois Gerace
as AA Speaker
Jay Ingram
as AA Member
Sue Rihr
as Young Woman
Gene Ross
as Slim
Robb Madrid
as Victor Podillo
Arie Gedis
as Gambler
Rosalind Ingledew
as Tote Lady
Arthur Ervin
as Waiter
Frank Dent
as Boot Salesman
Henry Lewis
as Po' Boy's Market Manager
Roberto A. Jimenez
as Jamie Rodriquez
Victor Rivers
as Angel Heavy
Danny De La Paz
as Angel Heavy
Loyd Catlett
as Buster
Tommy "Tiny" Lister
as Nose Guard
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Critic Reviews for 8 Million Ways To Die

All Critics (8) | 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

Dreary second-rate urban cop drama.

Full Review… | April 16, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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
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Audience Reviews for 8 Million Ways To Die

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] A very strange and intriguing film. I would call it a "curio" for sure.


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

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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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