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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)
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Hotel Manager
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Don Sommese ...
Waiter
Kit Jee Wong ...
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Grocery Clerk
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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 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

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14 July 1978 (Norway)  »

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Libertad condicional  »

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Trivia

Stephanie Ericsson Baron was visiting her husband, Sandy Baron, on the set while they were filming. When Dustin spied her behind the cameras, he cast her in the scene that Sandy and he were shooting at the moment. See more »

Goofs

In the diner, Max orders a ginger ale; the waitress brings him a 7-Up. 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 La comadrita (1978) See more »

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Two of Us
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Norma Green (as Norma Helms)
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An honest jewel of a film.
4 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Straight Time" is by far the most honest and accurate look at the criminal mind that I have ever seen. Dustin Hoffman's performance as Max Dembo is perfectly detailed and developed from start to finish, as he charmingly deceives others, and himself, into believing that he can leave the adrenalin-rush life of crime that he is ultimately most comfortable with. The film is also an indictment of our penal system, which pretends to offer a way out of crime, but only perpetuates and intensifies it, practically guaranteeing high rates of recidivism. The end result being that the parolees are offered many roads back to crime, but very few, if any, out of it.

Max Dembo is doomed from the start, knowing that the only thing that makes him feel truly alive is crime and being among other criminals. He pretends to want "out", and to lead a normal life, but like a mountain climber without a mountain, he's lost if he's not either committing a crime, or being punished for it. Dembo is a brilliant, but lost, hedonist for whom crime is not only all he knows, but all that he needs. And both Hoffman and director Ulu Grosbard captured this beautifully.

This is truly a great film on every level.


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