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Straight Time (1978)

 -  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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Jenny Mercer
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Willy Darin
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Jerry Schue
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Carol Schue
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Selma Darin
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Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)
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Don Sommese ...
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Kit Jee Wong ...
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Grocery Clerk
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Storyline

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 <ajd2@acsu.buffalo.edu>

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

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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14 July 1978 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Libertad condicional  »

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Doin' Fine
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Nora 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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