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Doing Hard Time (2004)

A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Mitchell
Curtis Craig aka: Durty Curt From Detroit (as Michael K. Williams)
Eddie Mathematic
Toure Smalls
Officer David Teal
Lt. Elaine Lodge
Det. Anthony Wade
Captain Pierce
Raymond Carver aka: Razor
Kelsey Shaw McNeal ...


When Michael Mitchell's seven-year-old son, Chase, is accidentally shot during an aborted drug deal, no one knows for sure which of the two gunmen, Curtis "Durty Curt From Detroit" Craig or Raymond "Razor" Carver, pulled the trigger. Because both men refuse to testify against the other, a jury finds them guilty only of drug possession, meaning they could be back on the street in two years. Having already lost Chase's mother to cancer, Michael can't live with the idea of his only child's murder going unpunished. As part of a methodical plan to exact his revenge, he commits a brutal crime to get himself sentenced to the same institution as Durty Curt and Razor. Meanwhile, Durty Curt is determined to settle the score with Razor, who has fallen in with prison kingpin Eddie Mathematic. As a showdown approaches, a cast of players, from prison guard Capt. Pierce to gay bookie Clever to Michael's illiterate cell mate, Smalls take sides and place bets on the outcome. Written by Andrew Hindes

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He had to get in, to get even.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

23 November 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Clever asks Durty how much money he has to which he replies "a couple hundred dollars". Clever responds by saying "you're gonna need that 200 dollars to survive". See more »


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Good Movie, But It Has Flaws.
7 December 2004 | by (United States Minor Outlying Islands) – See all my reviews

I thought "Doing Hard Time" was a decent movie. All the performances are good especially Michael Williams as Craig and Sticky Fingaz as Eddie. The plot is about Mike (Boris Kodjoe) who purposely gets himself thrown in prison because the killers of his child are in the same jail, and he wants revenge. It does have all the clichés you expect in a prison movie (The corrupt guards, every prisoner has a cool nickname\disability). It tries to be different by showing the killer to have a heart and be remorseful and in the long run, it does work. The script is a little weak at points because it sometimes tries too hard to be "the outside the box prison movie".

In The End: It's worth seeing for the odd plot line and gritty performances.

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