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Straight Time (1978)

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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Manny
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Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)
Tina Menard ...
Hotel Manager
Stephanie Ericsson ...
Bar Patron (as Stephanie Ericsson Baron)
Dave Kelly ...
Counterman
Don Sommese ...
Waiter
Kit Jee Wong ...
Grocer
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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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He's an ex-con. He's got to get a job . . . keep his dignity . . . and still go straight! [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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Crime | Drama

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14 July 1978 (Norway)  »

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Libertad condicional  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Dustin Hoffman was directing the film. But he changed his mind after a few days of filming and hired Ulu Grosbard. See more »

Goofs

When Max pulls Earl's car over in the center of the freeway there is no fence. Then when the car is pulled over there is a fence. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Doin' Fine
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Norma Green (as Norma Helms)
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24 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My wife and I saw this in the theater at the time of its release, and I've never talked to anyone else who's seen it. This is among Dustin Hoffman's grittiest work, and he is superb (I've read that this is his favorite of his own films). Gary Busey, a gorgeous 20-year old Theresa Russell,and the old pro Harry Dean Stanton are all excellent. This film is among my all-time favorites, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Since reviews are required to be at least ten lines long, I'll add that it took me several minutes to recognize the young, skinny Kathy Bates, who was spot-on as Busey's justifiably concerned wife. I'm a fan of character actors, and M. Emmett Walsh is great as the asshole parole officer. I hope that this film will someday be re-released, ala Taxi Driver, and get a chance to prove itself to a new generation of audiences.


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