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Director:
Writers:
Edward Bunker (novel)
Alvin Sargent (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 July 1978 (Norway) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
unseen gem See more (45 total) »

Cast

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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 Ericson-Baron ... Bar Patron
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)
Mary Margaret Robinson ... Hostage (uncredited)

Deborah Romare ... Girl at Bank (uncredited)
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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 .... sound 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)
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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Trivia:
According to the DVD sleeve notes, "Before and during the film's shoot, [Dustin] Hoffman apprenticed himself to Edward Bunker, the ex-con whose book 'No Beast So Fierce' inspired the movie".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
unseen gem, 24 April 2004
Author: Peter Swanson (bumwuh@yahoo.com) from United States

My wife and I saw this in the theater at the time of its release, and I've never talked to anyone else who's seen it. This is among Dustin Hoffman's grittiest work, and he is superb (I've read that this is his favorite of his own films). Gary Busey, a gorgeous 20-year old Theresa Russell,and the old pro Harry Dean Stanton are all excellent. This film is among my all-time favorites, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Since reviews are required to be at least ten lines long, I'll add that it took me several minutes to recognize the young, skinny Kathy Bates, who was spot-on as Busey's justifiably concerned wife. I'm a fan of character actors, and M. Emmett Walsh is great as the asshole parole officer. I hope that this film will someday be re-released, ala Taxi Driver, and get a chance to prove itself to a new generation of audiences.

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