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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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Release Date:
14 July 1978 (Norway) See more »
"Please God, don't let him get caught." See more »
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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Excellent Film!!! See more (57 total) »


  (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)
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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114 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Second of two films that actor Dustin Hoffman made with director Ulu Grosbard. The first had been Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971) about seven years earlier.See more »
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 »
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:
References El bracero del año (1964)See more »
Hand Me Down My Walkin' CaneSee more »


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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Film!!!, 29 January 2005
Author: xlp from Canada

I wasn't expecting much from this film especially since it's only 6.9 on IMDb, and barely any posts about it, but don't let that fool you, this is probably one of the most under-appreciated movies i've ever seen in my life.

I really see why Dustin Hoffman is sometimes regarded as one of the best actors of all-time.. he had such a strong performance, so congruent and alpha. It's really a movie where you just GOT to keep watching to see what happens next, and it's well worth watching, you'll love it. I think if more people see it, it's going to be a "cult favorite".

8.5/10 GO SEE IT!

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