A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big ... See full summary »
A street hustler who makes all the wrong moves finds himself doing hard time in the penitentiary in this hard-edged drama. Slim is a small time drug dealer who tries to make that one big deal that is going to put him on easy street. With his partner in crime Paulie they think they have a major dope deal set up but unfortunately for them the deal goes terribly wrong and they are lucky to come away with their lives. They get busted and Slim later finds out that Paulie testified against him to save his own skin. Slim's best efforts at plea-bargaining still leave him with a eight year sentence in San Quentin one of California's most notorious prisons. Slim quickly discovers that life in prison is divided along strict racial lines. Slim does his best to stay away out of all the racially inspired violence and stay to himself. But one of his fellow convicts KC pulls a dope fiend move that puts Slim on the enemies list of Sammytown, who is the brutal leader of the prison's white supremacist ... Written by
A downbeat view of mayhem and boredom inside prison
Down Time is a story of a dude too cool for school who trips up and lands in hell on earth. It's a prison film with harsh news about the murderous violence, drug addiction and idiot boredom of an inmate's life. The movie is shocking, frightening, disgusting, at moments bleakly funny and always interesting. An ensemble of young actors provide a number of inspired characterizations.
Filmed in lo-fi black-and-white with a muscular thrash soundtrack, the look and sound of Down Time is perfect for it's gritty, downbeat storyline.
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