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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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Cast

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

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 July 1978 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Libertad condicional  »

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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

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 »

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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References El bracero del año (1964) See more »

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Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Harry Dean Stanton
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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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