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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:
Quite Good See more (45 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 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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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: When Max is incarcerated Jenny visits him and holds up her phone number against the glass. On returning to his cell Max tears off part of a cigarette wrapper and writes it down as 6561656. When he is later on the run he unfolds the piece of paper and looks at the number. It now has 2 digits transposed and is hyphenated: 656-6156.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 A Decade Under the Influence (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Doin' FineSee more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Quite Good, 29 January 2005
Author: John P from United States

This movie creeps up on you, gets a kind of emotional hold on you and digs in through the end. Really, a terrific 70s style film (should have been made in 1973). Dustin Hoffman is outstanding. He gives an understated performance that fits the atmosphere of the movie, the story and himself perfectly. It is one of his best performances. Theresa Russell, and Harry Dean Stanton also deliver excellent performances. A very good example of how story, and acting that is true to the story, matter so much in making a good film. Urls Grosbard does a good job of establishing the mood of the film and carrying it all the way through, without hitting you over the head with unnecessarily forced dialog or drawn-out action sequences, etc.

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