8 Million Ways to Die (1986)

Director
Hal Ashby

Main cast
Jeff Bridges; Rosanna Arquette; Andy García; Alexandra Paul; Randy Brooks

Genres
Crime

Description
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.


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