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?
was one of three writers who worked on the script for the film. Mann wrote the original draft with Edward Bunker
, who was an ex-convict and served as the film's technical consultant. Mann worked with Bunker for three months, during which time he visited Folsom prison and interviewed a number of inmates who had known Bunker during his time there. Mann's draft of the script was written when Dustin Hoffman
was slated to direct the film. When Ulu Grosbard
took over directorial duties, he hired Alvin Sargent
and Jeffrey Boam
to rewrite Mann's script. Sargent, Boam and Bunker all received writing credits, but Mann did not. See more
The first time Dembo meets his PO he is offered a cup of coffee in a very distinct mug... A few scenes later he is at the work temp agency and the boss of the office has the SAME mug on her desk. See more
You know what I'd like to do... Why don't you run me by that hotel we'll check it out.
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.
References El bracero del año
Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton See more