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8 Million Ways to Die

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8 Million Ways to Die
8 Million Ways to Die Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Hal Ashby
Release Date 1986
Studio PSO International
Distributor TriStar Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Matthew "Matt" Scudder Jeff Bridges
Sarah Rosanna Arquette
Sunny Alexandra Paul
Willie "Chance" Walker Randy Brooks
Angel Maldonado Andy Garcia
Quintero Vance Valencia
Mundo Fred Asparagus
Det. Joe Durkin Vyto Ruginis
Nose Guard Tommy "Tiny" Lister

8 Million Ways to Die is a 1986 crime thriller which was the final feature film directed by Hal Ashby (The Last Detail). The film stars Jeff Bridges as Matthew "Matt" Scudder, an LA Sheriff's Department Deputy whose career and family life are in shambles due to his alcohol addiction and a tragic shooting. He then finds himself unknowingly involved in an underground drug and prostitution ring. The screenplay was co-written by several well-known writers, including Oliver Stone and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Tequila Sunrise, The Yakuza). The production experienced controversy with Stone and Towne arguing with the producers. Much of the dialogue was improvised on set and not scripted. Matthew Scudder is the main character of a series of Block's novels, which includes A Walk Among the Tombstones, that was later turned into a 2014 crime thriller directed by Scott Frank (Godless) and stars Liam Neeson as the character. Unlike the novels and the Liam Neeson production 8 Million Ways to Die is set in Los Angeles instead of New York City. The move was filmed from August - November 1985 with a few re-shoots directed by John D. Hancock (Weeds (1987), Let's Scare Jessica to Death, Baby Blue Marine)

The following weapons were used in the film 8 Million Ways to Die:


Smith & Wesson Model 66

Matt Scudder's (Jeff Bridges) service sidearm is a Smith & Wesson Model 66 with 4" barrel. Chance (Randy Brooks) carries a snub nose Model 66.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose with Pachmayr grips - .357 Magnum
Scudder aims in the opening scene.
Scudder fires during the encounter in warehouse.
Chance holds his revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

Scudder's partner Joe Durkin (Vyto Ruginis) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 19 in the opening scene.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum - .357 Magnum
Durkin with revolver in hand.

Smith & Wesson Model 28

Chance's bodyguard, Nose Guard, (Tommy "Tiny" Lister) is also seen with a Smith & Wesson Model 28 N-frame revolver.

S&W Model 28 'Highway Patrolman' with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
On the right, Nose Guard (Tommy "Tiny" Lister) holds his revolver in the background.

Charter Arms Undercover

Scudder's backup weapon is a snub nose revolver that appears to be a Charter Arms Undercover. This particular gun lacks a front sight and it has been mag-na-ported. The same or very similar revolver without front sight can be seen in Point Break.

Early Model Stainless Charter Arms Undercover - .38 Special
Sunny (Alexandra Paul) steals Scudder's revolver.
Scudder takes it back. Note that the gun has been mag-na-ported
He opens the cylinder.
Scudder holds the revolver.


Heckler & Koch P9S

In several scenes, Matt Scudder (Jeff Bridges) is seen with a Heckler & Koch P9S.

Heckler & Koch P9S, post 1973 model with hooked trigger guard - 9x19mm
Even in bed Matt Scudder holds a pistol next to him.
Another view of P9S in the same scene.
Scudder holds his pistol in the final scene.

Colt Mustang

Matt Scudder (Jeff Bridges) holds a compact pistol that appears to be a Colt Mustang.

Colt Mustang - .380 ACP
Scudder aims his compact pistol.

Walther PP

In the final scene, Angel Maldonado (Andy Garcia) fires a pistol that resembles the Walther PP.

Walther PP - .32 ACP
Maldonado fires.
Wounded Maldonado tries to reload his pistol.

Submachine Guns

Micro Uzi

During the encounter in warehouse Maldonado's henchman Quintero (Vance Valencia) appears to hold a Micro Uzi.

IMI Micro Uzi with 15 round magazine - 9x19mm
Quintero fires his SMG. Here, it looks like a micro Uzi.


In the final scene Quintero is armed with what appears to be a MAC-10 instead of previously seen Micro Uzi.

Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - .45 ACP

Quintero fires his SMG.
Quintero is shot and drops his gun.


Double Barreled Shotgun

During the encounter in warehouse, Mundo (Fred Asparagus), another of Maldonado's henchmen, holds Sarah at gunpoint with a double barreled shotgun with sawn-off buttstock.

This is the screen used Zabala short barreled shotgun used by Denzel Washington in the film Man on Fire, very similar to Tony's lupara on The Sopranos.
Mundo's shotgun is taped to Sarah's head.

Ithaca 37

In the opening, one of the deputies is armed with an Ithaca 37 that is seen only in distance..

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 Gauge
A deputy with shotgun is seen at the background.

Other Weapons


During the encounter in warehouse, Matt Scudder (Jeff Bridges) holds a grenade that resembles some version of M18 smoke grenade.

M18 smoke grenade

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