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A Million Ways to Die in the West
Three people dressed in Western style. On the left in the background a man dressed in dark colors with a gun held high. In the center a man in a blue shirt with a brown waistcoat, and behind him to his right a blonde woman
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySeth MacFarlane
Produced by
Written by
Music byJoel McNeely
CinematographyMichael Barrett
Edited byJeff Freeman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 30, 2014 (2014-05-30)
Running time
116 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$40 million[2]
Box office$87.2 million[3]

A Million Ways to Die in the West is a 2014 American Western comedy film directed by Seth MacFarlane, who wrote the screenplay with Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. The film features an ensemble cast including MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson. The film follows a cowardly frontiersman who gains courage with the help of a female gunfighter and must use his newfound skills in a confrontation with her villainous outlaw husband.

Development for A Million Ways to Die in the West began while MacFarlane and co-writers Sulkin and Wild were watching western movies during the development of Ted. Casting was done between December 2012 and March 2013. Filming began on May 6, 2013, in various locations in New Mexico including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and it concluded on August 9 that year. Joel McNeely composed the score.

The film was released on May 30, 2014, in the United States, and distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures. The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics, with criticism directed toward the film's length and MacFarlane's performance. The film was number three at the box office during its opening weekend and grossed over $87 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 7, 2014, and earned more than $15 million in home media sales.

  1. ^ "A Million Ways to Die in the West". British Board of Film Classification. May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Box-Office Preview: 'Maleficent' Set to Curse 'Million Ways to Die in the West'". The Hollywood Reporter. May 28, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)". Box Office Mojo. IMDB. July 20, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2015.