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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.


Drama | Action

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:

A sitten  »

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$1,400,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


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Written by DeYon Dobson, Jeffrey Freeman, Tim Owens
Performed by Tim Owens
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Garbage movie
12 April 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

When my sister brought home this movie to watch my first thoughts were

  • "black action movie, never heard of the title, can't recall any of

the actors names.. must be rubbish".

After deciding to give it a try.. it turned from a bad drama to a comedy. The acting was horrible, the plot was stupid and to top it off the prison had 1 prison guard.. she was hot though.

I ended up laughing the whole way through this movie. Laughing not because it was funny, but the acting and some of the scenes were just stupid.

Overall i give it a 1/10 only because i couldn't vote any lower. Rent this movie if you want to see how NOT to make a movie

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