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 <email@example.com>
can he go straight or will he go straight back inside?
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Did You Know?
Lead actor Dustin Hoffman
prepared for his role as Max Dembo by visiting Folsom Prison. Even though the film is predominantly set outside of jail, Hoffmann wanted the experience of the "conditioning" of penitentiary life and atmosphere in order to characterize a man who had just been released from a gaol after serving a six year sentence. 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
[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...
Yeah, I got something.
Well, let's do it.
Don't you wanna know what it is?
I don't give a damn what it is, let's just do it... What is it?
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 ...
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Nora Helms See more