8 Million Ways to Die

Death comes to all except those who deserve it most.

Alcoholic L.A. ex-cop Matt Scudder (Jeff Bridges) attends an AA meeting when a woman slips him an invitation to a private gambling club, which leads him into a dangerous game of sex, drugs and murder. Writer Oliver Stone continues on the path he started in Scarface (1983), with generous helpings of sordidness. A slow-moving, tasteless story that takes us nowhere and has far too many sequences where Bridges and other actors just stand around screaming at each other.

1986-U.S. 115 min. Color. Directed by Hal Ashby. Screenplay: Oliver Stone, David Lee Henry. Novel: Lawrence Block. Cast: Jeff Bridges (Matt Scudder), Rosanna Arquette (Sarah), Alexandra Paul (Sunny), Randy Brooks, Andy Garcia. 

Trivia: Robert Towne allegedly rewrote Stone’s script; Ashby was fired after principal photography. Scudder returned onscreen in A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014).

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