8 Million Ways to Die

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Hal Ashby's final film is not a masterpiece - but it's also better than its poor critical reputation suggests. The script for Eight Million Ways To Die angered fans of the novel by taking substantial liberties with the storyline but what is there works as a pseudo-noirish 1980's crime story, even if at times it feels like a particularly seedy two-part episode of Miami Vice. Ashby's direction is solid, with a nice attentiveness toward its performances. It seems he wasn't too interested in the more action-oriented parts of the story (a gunfight finale is handled in a pro-forma way) but he's able to convey the character moments with great skill. For instance, a scene where Jeff Bridges and Rosanna Arquette reflect on the wreckage of their lives has a raw, honest power that is free of cheap melodrama or Method-style showiness. It also helps that the performances are stellar: Bridges is sympathetic as a loser trying to get straight (he really uses his physicality to sell the character's alcoholism), Andy Garcia is scary as an always-grinning but sociopathic dealer and Arquette is steely yet alluring as the quietly wounded soul caught in the middle. The end result isn't perfect but the performances and the sympathetic direction that guides them make Eight Million Ways To Die worth a look.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162611834
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: 20TH CENTURY FOX
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Matthew Scudder
Rosanna Arquette Sarah
Alexandra Paul Sunny
Randy Brooks Chance
Andy Garcia Angel Maldonado
Chip Arnold Homicide Detective
Fred Asparagus Mundo
James Avery Deputy D.A.
Loyd Catlett Buster
Danny De La Paz Angel Heavy
Frank Dent Boot Salesman
Christa Denton Laurie
Don Edmonds Elderly Man
Arthur Ervin Waiter
Oliver Farley Ollie
Art Fransen Cop
Michael Galindo 2nd Son
Peter Galindo Son
Elva Garcia Daughter
Arie Gedis Gambler
Lois Gerace 2nd AA Speaker
Wilfredo Hernandez Hector Lopez
Rosalind Ingledew Tote Lady
Jay Ingram AA Member
Roberto A. Jimenez Jamie Rodriquez
Luisa Leschin Hector's wife
Henry Lewis Po' Boy's Market Manager
Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr. Nose Guard
Robb Madrid Victor Padillo
William Marquez Tip
Richard A. Michels Player
Raegan Newman Girl
Gilbert O. Parra Gil
Phil Peters Rugged Man
Victor Podillo
Sue Rihr Young Woman
Victor Rivers 3rd Angel Heavy
Gene Ross Slim
Zoaunne Le Roy Nurse
Vyto Ruginis Durkin
Miriam E. Schubach 1st AA Speaker
Abigail Shelton AA Member
Lisa Sloan Linda Scudder
Lynn Stalmaster
Vance Valencia Quintero
Jack Younger Drunk
Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
Pete Altobelli Makeup
Cheryl Beasley Blackwell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Barry Coffing Songwriter
Phil Corey Special Effects
Miguel Cruz Songwriter
Scott Cutler Songwriter
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Tim Drummond Songwriter
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Haller Production Designer
David Lee Henry Screenwriter
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Will Jennings Songwriter
Barbara Krieger Set Decoration/Design
Robert Lawrence Editor
Lonnie Mack Songwriter
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Charles B. Mulvehill Producer
Nedia Makeup
James Newton Score Composer
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Mario Roberts Stunts
Stephen J. Roth Producer
Tony Scarano Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Stone Screenwriter
John Thomas Walker Set Decoration/Design
Cynthia Weil Songwriter
Jeff Wexler Musical Direction/Supervision
Emery Williams Jr. Songwriter
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