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Straight Time -- Academy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman and Gary Busey star in the dramatic and riveting story of an ex-con battling for a new life and love in the glare and tension of the big city.

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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:
An excellent film. Hoffman at his apex. See more (46 total) »

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 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)

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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
A pet project for Dustin Hoffman, he was originally due to direct himself. Denied final cut by the studio, he ended up suing Warner Brothers over their treatment of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Raising Arizona (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Two of UsSee more »

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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
An excellent film. Hoffman at his apex., 24 March 2005
Author: jjm71 from United States

A great film. Dustin Hoffman is at his peak here, and shows why he's one of the five greatest actors of his generation as he inhabits the character of Max Dembo, a career criminal who's just been released on parole. The movie is brilliant in it's pacing, as we see the layers of Dembo slowly revealed. We want to believe he's a good guy who just made a mistake ("I just want the same things everyone else wants..."), but as the film goes on we see one transgression after another that ultimately reveal to us that he may not be the man we thought he was in the beginning. An excellent portrayal by Hoffman is at the center of the movie, but there is also fine work on display from M. Emmett Walsh (maybe the greatest character actor of all time) as his parole officer, and Theresa Russell (looking like she's about 18) as his naive love interest. Hoffman is brilliant in his interpretation of a prison lifer. Check out the scene where his P.O. throws him back in jail on a petty bust just so he can show Dembo who's in charge. Walsh nails his part as the small man who compensates for his shortcomings by abusing what little authority he has (in other words, a dead on portrayal of almost all law officers), but Hoffman is absolutely perfect as he goes into his thousand yard stare mode while going through the jail house routine of frisking and delousing. The look on his face says "You can't hurt me because I'm numb". Very few flaws in this film. Hell, even the Randy Newmanesque music that plays throughout is perfectly suited. I was enthralled from the opening scene to the last, which is, fittingly, a series of mugshots of Hoffman's Dembo over the years. Highly recommend.

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