Straight Time (1978)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  14 July 1978 (Norway)
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After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Mercer
Willy Darin
Jerry Schue
Rita Taggart ...
Carol Schue
Selma Darin
Sandy Baron ...
Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)
Tina Menard ...
Hotel Manager
Bar Patron (as Stephanie Ericsson Baron)
Dave Kelly ...
Don Sommese ...
Kit Jee Wong ...
Grocery Clerk


After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer. When he is released again, he assaults the parole officer, steals his car, and returns to a life of crime. Written by Andrew DeLaVergne <>

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can he go straight or will he go straight back inside? See more »


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14 July 1978 (Norway)  »

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Libertad condicional  »

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Dustin Hoffman personally hired composer David Shire for the film. Shire received a phone call from Hoffman one night at his home to the surprise of Shire and immediately accepted the assignment. See more »


In the final diner scene, Jenny is smoking a cigarette and hands the cigarette to Max. In the next shot, the cigarette is back in Jenny's hand. See more »


Jerry Schue: [Max, Jerry and Carol are enjoying a backyard barbecue. Carol leaves to grab some drinks] Get me outta here. They're killing me. I can't make this scene anymore, get me outta here... You got something, I know you got something...
Max Dembo: Yeah, I got something.
Jerry Schue: Well, let's do it.
Max Dembo: Don't you wanna know what it is?
Jerry Schue: I don't give a damn what it is, let's just do it... What is it?
Max Dembo: Bunch of old guys play poker over in a motel out in the valley. They got about twenty thousand dollars on the table. We just tip ...
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Doin' Fine
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Norma Green (as Norma Helms)
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Excellent character study goes a little cockeyed near the end...
29 April 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Dustin Hoffman is surprisingly serious, surprisingly gritty playing a recently paroled thief named Max Dembo who can't seem to straighten out his life. After meeting a new lady who is very supportive of him, Dembo reverts back to the only thing he really knows: robbery. Tough and vivid character study based on real-life convict Edward Bunker's novel "No Beast So Fierce" gives Hoffman a wonderful chance as an actor to stretch some technical muscles (he hadn't been this focused in years). Ulu Grosbard's atmospheric direction aids in Hoffman's triumph, as well as some flavorful dialogue (worked on by several writers). Theresa Russell is lovely as the smitten secretary in Max's life, supporting work from M. Emmet Walsh also good. The picture is marred by gaps of logic or credibility, not to mention by a tepid finale, but otherwise it's quite gripping. *** from ****

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