8 Million Ways to Die

Synopsis: Scudder is a detective with the Sheriff's Department who is forced to shoot a violent suspect during a narcotics raid. The ensuing psychological aftermath of this shooting worsens his drinking problem and this alcoholism causes him to lose his job, as well as his marriage. During his recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous, he meets a mysterious stranger who draws him back into a world of vice. In trying to help this beautiful woman, he must enter a crime-world of prostitution and drugs to solve a murder, while resisting the temptation to return to his alcohol abuse.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Hal Ashby
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

You don't no where it's going to

come from any more.

Total strangers are killing each other.

Everybody's got a piece.

You know the murder rate used to be around

a thousand a year

3 a day in the whole country

and that was a high.

Now it's about 5 a day.

Higher in the summer

14 of them two Fridays ago.

We give the death penalty

six or seven times a day.

Only it's not for murderers

it's for ordinary citizens.

Yeah, there are 8 million

stories in the naked city.

Remember that old TV show?


Do you know what we got in this town'?

We got 8 million ways to die.

Alright, let's cut the crap and

do what we get paid for.

Griffin and I'll take the back door

the rest of you in the front.

I want you two guys at the corner just

in case alright? -Yeah -ok, let's hit it.

Watch for close lines. Just about had

my head ripped of here the last time.

Where's Sheldon?

There he is. For gettin the shotgun,

that's my man.

He likes that thing.

You've been making all the

vice on this guy Lopez?

Si -with dope? -Si.

Where did you get that'?


- Outside?

- Si.

Buenos dias, Hector.

Buenos dias, senora.

Hector, I am sorry but you are arrested

for selling...

Some very bad drugs.

I do not want to go back to jail

what can I do, I have the warrant.

- Can I finish my dinner? -Hector.

- I do not want to go back to jail.

You know, we can go out at the back.

Your neighbors won't us.



Ah, dios mio.



The bad news is that Matt

was involved in a shooting.

The good news is that he is up

the other guy is down.

Honey, he is fine.

He is a hell of a lot better than I am,

believe me.

Did the suspect fire his weapon first?

No, he didn't.

You did

that's right.

Did the suspect return your fire?

No he didn't.

Did the suspect have a gun?

Not that I know of, no.

You mean you fired on an unarmed man

in his kitchen in front of his family?

I didn't say that he was unarmed.

- Then he had a weapon.

- Yeah.

What was it'?

A louisville slugger.

A what?

A baseball bat, you son of a b*tch!

Dumb sh*t!

Not necessarily, it could be anything.

He may be real calm.

He might try to jump you in the shower

and find out he's got nothing to do with it

but Linguini.

Get upset.

Some guys react real funny to

situations like this, and I just.

You know...

I didn't want you to worry.

They ask you if you've been drinking?

Uh huh.

What did you tell them?

Not nearly as much as I am gonna.



Wait! Tracy.


To whom it may concern.

I am detective sergeant Matthew j. Scudder.

Badge number 19583613.

Request a leave of absence.

For medical reasons.

I make the request not only for my sake

for the sake of the department and my family.

Did the suspect have a gun?

You mean you fired on an unarmed man

in his kitchen in front of his family?

I didn't say that he was unarmed.

Did they ask you if you've been drinking?

Not nearly as much as I am gonna.

Then he had a weapon?

I am a member of the...


Son of a b*tch!


Put your lights on man!

Hey put your lights on!

Ok, anybody out here with 6 months

of continual sobriety?

Come on and get it.

- Congratulations. -Thanks.

- You've earned it.

So how does it feel?

Like I could use a drink.

Boy, oh boy.

- I wish...

- Who are you?

- I'm Matt, I am an alcoholic...

- Hi Matt.

This chip.

This chip is the only thing I know that you

got to earn and pay for at the same time.

And you pray to god you can hold it,

hold on to it every day of your life.

So far being a drunk

has cost me my job.

My home, my health.

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