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Harsh Times (2005)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  10 November 2006 (USA)
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A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them.

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Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend. Written by batfreak79

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Rated R for strong violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,968,505 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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$3,335,839 (USA) (8 December 2006)
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Trivia

Both Harsh Times (2005) and Batman Begins (2005) open up with a nightmare sequence going on in the head of the main character, both played by Christian Bale. See more »

Goofs

In California, only the rear license plate has registration stickers on it. On a couple of occasions, registration stickers appear and disappear again on the front plate on Jim's Ford Interceptor. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia: Jim, good luck on your pee test. I hope you studied.
Jim Davis: I'm gonna cram for it!
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Features Life & Times (1998) See more »

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Reach Out, I'll Be There
Written by Brian Holland (as B. Holland), Lamont Dozier (as L. Dozier),
and Eddie Holland (as E. Holland Jr.)
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Wow!
18 August 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Saw Harsh Times today, mostly because Bale is gorge! and was blown away. Just one problem, and that is the way Freddy and Christians characters talk: "Wassup dawg/dude/homie", it's grating and annoying. There are some truly shocking, out of the blue moments, and not once is this movie clichéd or predictable. I was disappointed that there were only 20 people at the most in the cinema, especially as it's the first day. The way the ending is shot is very impressive and moving, and stayed with me for ages afterwards. There is a lot of unnecessary swearing, but I suppose that is the way Jim and Mike would speak. Also, Jim is supposed to be 26 but looks a lot older. I was so impressed and can't wait for the DVD, although I won't be surprised the second time round. I recommend Harsh Times very highly; it is emotional, violent, realistic, hilarious, thought provoking, traumatic, inspired, entertaining, gripping, original and shocking.


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