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Straight Time
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Director:
Writers:
Edward Bunker (novel)
Alvin Sargent (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 July 1978 (Norway) See more »
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Tagline:
"Please God, don't let him get caught." See more »
Plot:
After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dustin Hoffman ... Max Dembo

Theresa Russell ... Jenny Mercer

Gary Busey ... Willy Darin

Harry Dean Stanton ... Jerry Schue

M. Emmet Walsh ... Earl Frank

Rita Taggart ... Carol Schue

Kathy Bates ... Selma Darin

Sandy Baron ... Manny

Jake Busey ... Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)
Tina Menard ... Hotel Manager
Stephanie Ericsson ... Bar Patron (as Stephanie Ericsson Baron)
Dave Kelly ... Counterman
Don Sommese ... Waiter
Kit Jee Wong ... Grocer

Peter Kwong ... Grocery Clerk
Jane Howard ... Employment Clerk (as Betty Jane Howarth)
Ronald L. Mellinger ... Jail Guard

Michael Blakley ... Beach Boy #1

John Colton ... Beach Boy #2

Edward Bunker ... Mickey
Corey Rand ... Carlos
John Gilgreen ... Bank Guard
Mary Craven ... Bank Teller

Peter Jurasik ... Bank Teller
Enid Hendershot ... Girl at Bank
James Ray ... Jewelry Store Manager
Stuart I. Berton ... Salesman #1
Barry Cahill ... Salesman #2
Susan Sherman ... Saleslady
Francesca Drown ... Saleslady
Emily Le Rue ... Girl
Ernest Taylor III ... Job Applicant

Fran Ryan ... Cafe Owner
Bob Jarvis ... Police Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark F. Hill ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Mags Kavanaugh ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
John McKinley Robertson ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Mary Margaret Robinson ... Hostage (uncredited)

Deborah Romare ... Girl at Bank (uncredited)

Directed by
Ulu Grosbard 
Dustin Hoffman (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edward Bunker (novel "No Beast So Fierce")

Alvin Sargent (screenplay) and
Edward Bunker (screenplay) and
Jeffrey Boam (screenplay)

Nancy Dowd  uncredited
Michael Mann  uncredited

Produced by
Stanley Beck .... producer
Gail Mutrux .... associate producer
Howard Pine .... executive producer (as Howard B. Pine)
Tim Zinnemann .... producer
Dustin Hoffman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
David Shire 
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman 
 
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Randy Roberts 
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden  (as Diane Crittenden)
 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
 
Art Direction by
Dick Lawrence 
 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
 
Makeup Department
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry J. Franco .... second assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Jack Roe .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Barry Bedig .... property master
 
Sound Department
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer (as Dick Portman)
James E. Webb .... production sound mixer (as Jim Webb)
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Alan Gibbs .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunts
Sorin Serene Pricopie .... stunts (as Sorin Pricopie)
Dick Ziker .... stunt coordinator
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Griffith .... gaffer
Bob Rose .... key grip
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Bob Stevens)
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. .... first assistant camera
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti .... steadicam (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernie Pollack .... costumer: men
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Wayne Roberts .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Susan Leslie Battles .... production coordinator (as Susan Battles)
John Franco .... script supervisor
Gene Levy .... auditor
Edward Bunker .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The film that inspired Reservoir DogsSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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 toe in, tip toe out and it's all ours. There ain't no cops because they can't call.
Jerry Schue:Great. You got the guns?
Max Dembo:Yeah.
Jerry Schue:[Jerry notices Carol coming back. He whispers to Max] Need a shotgun.
[Carol enters the scene with beers and a guitar]
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Hand Me Down My Walkin' CaneSee more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Great acting, 23 May 2005
Author: bgbacardi from Austin, TX

"Straight Time," hoisted high by a brilliant and dexterous performance by Dustin Hoffman, pulls off a very unusual trick: It's one of the only movies in memory where a character we fully identify with turns out to not be such a good guy - and stays that way. "Straight Time" begins on Max's (Hoffman) side and shows us what appears to be a handsome, wounded soul suffering at the hands of an injustice legal system. But Max turns out to be no angel, and yet through the very end, we care about his fortunes and want things to work out for him. It's a brave and gritty role, and Hoffman, on screen the entire film, embodies it. Compare "Straight Time" to "Monster," and see that Lee Wuornos and Max Deblor are cousins. Both characters are labyrinthine in their depth, and both actors find the perfect pitch.

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