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8 Million Ways To Die Reviews

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½ March 1, 2015
no where near the book.
December 22, 2014
watched '8 Million Ways to Die'(1986) starring Jeff Bridges, Rosanna Arquette, Andy Garcia et al. The hard-boiled movie is based on a novel of the same title by Lawrence Block. Its plot is not so exquisite but, thanks to the all-star casting, it's entertaining without in a visceral way. Andy was 30 years old when the movie was released and one year before he became famous with his performance in 'Untouchables'.
½ November 9, 2014
This movie is definitely a product of its era and is fun to watch as a perfect time capsule of this type of 1980's detective story. Performances are over the top by everyone, story is laughable and the characters are incredibly stupid (you'll figure everything out long before they do). But it's still a hoot to watch.
June 27, 2014
One of my favorite movies, I love it. The acting, the cinematography that has a raw open feel is cool. I love the use of locations, as I did in another 86 flick,
The Hitcher. There are moments in the film that are so realistic. it's like
an exchange of dialogue in real life, where I feel it had a lot to do with ad libbing. Bridges is so believable as the booze hound detective, Matt Scudder,
while it's the new Garcia who steals the movie as a pimp, called Angel. The credit opening tracking sequence is so cool and awesome, but so are a lot of moments in this flick. Alexandra Paul as the ill fated whore Sunny, you can just eat up.
Though disjointed, EMWTD has some awesome dialogue, and there is
that chase scene with Paul buying it in the back of a van in a daylight snatch, where the back van window turns crimson. If you love 1986 movies like I do, here's one you should see, no excuses, especially Scarface fans. If you wanna really see a cool things in a film that rides on coolness, this is the flick. I mean, just check out Angel's pad, and another one he buys later on.
May 26, 2014
Underrated 80s crime film, featuring one of my all-time favorite action scenes. Written by Oliver Stone right around the same time he wrote the iconic remake of "Scarface," this film shares many of the same 1980s elements of drugs, sleaze and guns. Fan of "Scarface" should all do themselves a favor and check this film out. The story is from a Lawrence Block novel about Matthew Scudder, played by Jeff Bridges, a former police officer turned PI. Scudder gets caught up in the murder of a high price prostitute, Alexandra Paul. Andy Garcia is a terrifically scary as a smiling pony tailed drug dealer. Rosanna Arquette plays a woman caught between Bridges and Garcia. The story kind of drags as points, but the film has some truly memorable scenes and superb performances, particularly Bridges and Carcia. But if for nothing else, watch this film for the amazingly awesome awesome warehouse showdown finale. Director Hal Ashby builds some amazing tension and does is with flair and style that I can't say I'd seen in his pervious work. There's great glossy 80s photography by director of photography Stephen H. Burum and a fitting synthesizer score by James Newton Howard in one of his very first film credits. Robert Towne reportedly did uncredited rewrites and the film has Tiny'Lister, so how can you not watch this film? But seriously, if for nothing else, watch this film for the warehouse finale. It really is amazing.
April 2, 2014
A really good little slice of sweaty, neon coated 80's noir with great Jeff Bridges turning in a really tough, grizzled badass, the sort of real manly man role you dont see todays pretty boy hunks do, as a hopelessly alcoholic ex cop out to avenge a brutally murdered hooker. It's small and slight but it's pleasures are many, a stylish, cool, hard edged bit of lurid fun.
February 23, 2014
Having read many of Lawrence Block's novels which this film is based on, the first mistake the screenwriters did was move the stage out of NY to LA, That said, Hal Ashby's last film is poorly paced and badly in need of editing, ironic since Ashby started his career as an editor. Jeff Bridges, always interesting, does the best he can with what he has.
July 8, 2013
I have 8 million way's NOT to watch this stinker!
May 8, 2013
88%

"The white stuff? Isn't that a movie about astronauts?"-Angel Maldonado (Andy Garcia)

Things to die for: Hal's direction, Stone's screenplay, Bridge's mustache, the warehouse sequence, the intensity between Bridges and Garcia, Paul's nudity scene, and so on.
Super Reviewer
½ April 4, 2013
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.
½ October 1, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012

(1985) 8 Million Ways To Die
THRILLER

Dull and disoriented movie who can't decide whether it wants to be a 'film noir' or an 'action' film but in the end ends up being a thriller. At the first 5 minutes, Jeff Bridges as "Matt" Scuder who babbles while on a helicopter about the movies title about how theirs "8 million ways to die" we soon find out that it has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the film for both the producers as well as the director were probably looking for a movie title since by looking at the title and the picture of the poster - it does look like an action film. Bridges really plays a narcs agent and as a result of shooting and then killing a Mexican drug client who was presented with a warrant for his arrest but instead of cooperating he decides to take a bat beating a former narcs agent to death, internal affairs harasses his ass for saving that former narcs life from whatever blows he could've sustained and the film does not recognize that- it does however, acknowledges that this drug guy also has a family with three underage kids who had to witness this whole thing including their father getting killed for not cooperating. Matt (Bridges) then goes on a serious drinking binge forcing him to leave his family as well as his job since he feels very guilty and drinks lots whenever he feels guilty. After he goes to AA meetings and is about to take full control over his drinking situation, one of the members hands him a note asking him to be somewhere with some money attached to this letter. He goes
½ August 16, 2012
With careful cinematography and character-driven plotting, this pulpy crime drama offers typically likeable performance from the great Jeff Bridges, meditative subtext by the great Oliver Stone and deliberate showcasing by the great Hal Ashby. And one of the great Andy Garcia one-on-one scenes in the movies. You know, the scene where the other guy preys on his short fuse. Except Bridges finds him to be no easy quarry. What's wrong with being a conventional cop flick if you're done effectively by talented people?
½ July 31, 2012
Entertaining enough while it's on, but this thriller is ultimately indistinguishable from 8 million others.
March 12, 2012
Or as i like to call it Eight Million ways to fall asleep.
Given the talent involved here its a shame this film is such a crushing bore,with a plot that never gets going and Ashby just giving up directing and giving us a lumpy and stupid thriller.

Jeff Bridges is operhaps the only reason you should see this film as the rest of it is just so pointless after an hour you start to lose the will to live .
Andy Garcia gets a part so one dimensional he looks like he will dissapear under the weight of cliche ,and everything else has been done a thousand times better somwhere else in the mid eighties most notable being To Live And Die In LA .
A sad end to the directors career and one film it wise to avoid, period
Super Reviewer
February 26, 2012
Some over the top moments( the shouting match at pier hanger towards end is a classic headache, but fun, 80s through and through, with a passable dudecop performance from Bridges, its just enjoyable 80s nostalgia, first time seeing it now. Andy Garcia is a laughable bad guy early in career, but Rosanna Arquette looks hot as hell, she always was. dont think to much and put your 80s head on, its passable fluff
½ February 10, 2012
Not really my thing but it was okay
November 19, 2011
A hidden gem from the 80s. Jeff Bridges as an alcoholic cop investigating the murder of a hooker and the motives behind it. Drive inspired me to seek this out for the LA neon-noir feel. Plus, it features a young Andy Garcia with very bad teeth.
November 6, 2011
8 Million Ways to Die..what a fucking great working title. It was always something that I had wanted to see but this movie was a big bomb @ the show & had sorta slipped through the cracks of time. Of course it can't live up to it's title it's sadly overlooked even though it is a bit of a mess @ times. The script was written by Oliver Stone but there is a lot of improvisation going on. So much that Stone wanted to take his name off the project. Because of this the dialogue isn't as tight as it should be but it does feel natural even if the profanity does get carried away @ times. Jeff Bridges & Andy Garcia are good opponents & the warehouse climax stand off is a bit tense. I would 2nd it to Reservoir Dogs. Some good shit from those involved that Im curious to see if it would have been better if they had stuck to Stone's script. They possibly could have something near the scale of his work in Scarface if it was a little more gritty & disciplined
October 25, 2011
A great outing from Jeff Bridges elevates an otherwise sleazy, covoluted thriller. Taking in drug dealers, pimps, high-class hookers, and alcohol addiction, offbeat director Hal Ashby makes a real mess of the Lawrence Block novel, which was just one of a succesful, partly autobiographical series. A camp villianous turn from Andy Garcia is also watchable, but the film itself is devoid of thrills, and a horrendously misjudged scene that depicts a trade in a warehouse sums the entire film up by condensing the silliness into one laughable scene.
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