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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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Jenny Mercer
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Willy Darin
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Jerry Schue
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Rita Taggart ...
Carol Schue
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Selma Darin
Sandy Baron ...
Manny
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Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)
Tina Menard ...
Hotel Manager
Stephanie Ericsson Baron ...
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Dave Kelly ...
Counterman
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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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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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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Searing Character Study...Not To Be Missed
10 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whatever the weaknesses of STRAIGHT TIME, the strengths render them meaningless. This is at the center a small story about a small man of no consequence in the world. Dustin Hoffman's character is never going to do Great Things with his life. He's probably never going to hold a meaningful job thanks to his criminal record. Whether it's due to the inequities of the system or his own character's weaknesses, it doesn't matter. He'll never have a family or make a contribution to society. But we still care about him. Hoffman's amazing performance makes us care and gives him meaning that few actors could imbue.

The storyline is slow and downbeat. Nothing good is going to come to the inhabitants of this movie. However, that is the unrepentant message of STRAIGHT TIME and it is delivered with amazing power and stark desperation. I can see why this sad premise was a commercial flop but there is not a single false note in the entire heartbreaking two hours. The stellar supporting cast features early roles for Gary Busey, Kathy Bates and M. Emmett Walsh. One of the great noirs of the seventies and a must see for anyone who is a fan of Hoffman or film noir in general.


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