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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He's an ex-con. He's got to get a job . . . keep his dignity . . . and still go straight! [Australia Theatrical] See more »


Crime | Drama


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14 July 1978 (Norway)  »

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Libertad condicional  »

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A pet project for Dustin Hoffman, he was originally due to direct himself. Denied final cut by the studio, he ended up suing Warner Brothers over their treatment of the film. See more »


There's a mark on the inside of Max's motel room door in one scene, then the next scene there is no mark (this is because, according to the commentary, they redid the motel room in a studio for night shots). See more »


Max Dembo: You know what I'd like to do... Why don't you run me by that hotel we'll check it out.
Mickey: Yeah, well I'll drive you out there but I'm not gonna rob it for you, you have to do that yourself. I got stomach trouble... no guts.
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Referenced in Thief: Truth-Telling Style: Michael Mann on 'Thief' (2014) See more »


Two of Us
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Norma Green (as Norma Helms)
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An absolutely wonderful sleeper.
17 August 1999 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

This is such a great film. The cast is so excellent. You've got Dustin Hoffman, who turns in one of his best performances, but it only gets better from there. Gary Busey plays Hoffman's buddy and husband to Kathy Bates-both excellent. Harry Dean Stanton (probably one of my favorite actors) plays one of Hoffman's partners in heist. His performance is right on the money as always. M. Emmet Walsh plays Hoffman's nearly inhumanly sleazy parole officer. Walsh does such a good job here too(I read somewhere that the Coens saw him in this movie and that was what led them to cast him in Blood Simple). Theresa Russell does a nice job as Hoffman's girlfriend. Eddie Bunker himself shows up as a bartender. It's no one wonder Tarantino would want to study this film-it's remarkable.

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