|8 Million Ways to Die
Theatrical release poster
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
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
Scudder takes it back. Note that the gun has been mag-na-ported
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.
Matt Scudder (Jeff Bridges) holds a compact pistol that appears to be a Colt Mustang.
Scudder aims his compact pistol.
In the final scene, Angel Maldonado (Andy Garcia) fires a pistol that resembles the Walther PP.
Wounded Maldonado tries to reload his pistol.
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 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.
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.
During the encounter in warehouse, Matt Scudder (Jeff Bridges) holds a grenade that resembles some version of M18 smoke grenade.