|EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE (director: Hal Ashby; screenwriters: Lawrence Block, David Lee Henry, Robert Towne/Oliver Stone/based on the novels Eight Million Ways to Die & A Stab in the Dark by Lawrence Block; cinematographer: Stephen H. Burum; editors: Stuart Pappe/Robert Lawrence; music: James Newton Howard; cast: Jeff Bridges (Matthew Scudder), Rosanna Arquette (Sarah), Andy Garcia (Angel Moldonado), Lisa Sloan (Linda Scudder), Randy Brooks (Chance), Alexandra Paul (Sunny), Christa Denton (Laurie Scudder), Vance Valencia (Quintero); Runtime: 115; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Steve Roth; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (Tristar); 1986)|
|"Dreary second-rate urban cop
by Dennis Schwartz
Ashby ("Being There"/"The Slugger's
Wife"/"The Last Detail") directs this dreary
second-rate urban cop drama, about a cop on a
free-fall. He was supposedly fired just before
completing this turkey. The script by Oliver Stone and
David Lee Henry is lacking oomph. An uncredited Robert
Towne was called in to rewrite Stone's script, who
departed the film when Ashby was asked to direct
instead of him. It's based on the novels Eight
Million Ways to Die & A Stab in the Dark
by Lawrence Block.
Scudder (Jeff Bridges) is an officer in the LA
Sheriff's Department. After shooting a violent druggie
during a narcotics home raid, Scudder's alcohol
problem worsens to the point he loses his job and his
marriage breaks up. While at AA meetings, Scudder
meets a prostitute, Sunny (Alexandra Paul),
from the group who invites him to attend the party
of his ex-vice bust, Chance (Randy Brooks). Chance is
a nightclub owner who is the violent pimp who wouldn't
cut Sunny loose. At the party, Scudder meets the
sleazy Cuban drug dealer Angel (Andy Garcia) and his
moll Sarah (Rosanna Arquette). When
Sunny is killed, Scudder zeroes in on finding the
killer, risking his life many times to get answers.
film's best moment is when Arquette pukes over
I could probably give you a hundred reasons why this is a bad film, but the synopsis should do the trick.
REVIEWED ON 4/13/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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