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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenny Mercer
Willy Darin
Jerry Schue
Rita Taggart ...
Carol Schue
Selma Darin
Sandy Baron ...
Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)
Tina Menard ...
Hotel Manager
Bar Patron (as Stephanie Ericsson Baron)
Dave Kelly ...
Don Sommese ...
Kit Jee Wong ...
Grocery Clerk


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 <>

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"Please God, don't let him get caught." See more »


Crime | Drama


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14 July 1978 (Norway)  »

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Libertad condicional  »

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The film debut of Jake Busey, who's the son of co-star Gary Busey. See more »


There's a mark on the inside of Max's motel room door in one scene, then the next scene there is no mark (this is because, according to the commentary, they redid the motel room in a studio for night shots). See more »


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 Raising Arizona (1987) See more »


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Performed by Harry Dean Stanton
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One of the best 70's movies.
9 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This modest movie captured the blown out angst of the 70's better than any other film and is a worthy addition to the great tradition of noir gangster dramas that began with High Sierra (starring Bogart). It is also a high point in Dustin Hoffman's career, perhaps his greatest performance. Unlike pictures such as "Rambo," it does not so much romanticize the violence as make the viewer pity the protagonist for his tragic choice. I wonder if any parolees who saw this movie decided to go straight rather than risk the dangers of returning to a life of crime. I also wonder if any parole officers who saw it were persuaded to be more humane in their treatment of ex-cons. Haven't seen one this good in a long long time!

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