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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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Storyline

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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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Teška vremena  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The shack were Marta (Tammy Trull) lives was a real shack - it wasn't built for the production. It was in a town situated just south of Ensenada. See more »

Goofs

Jim's Smith and Wesson 5904 pistol changes several times throughout the film. Sometimes he is seen wielding a Smith and Wesson 5904 with a squared trigger guard. This indicates it is an earlier production model. Other times in the film he wields a Smith and Wesson 5904 with a rounded off trigger guard, which indicates a later production pistol. See more »

Quotes

[final lines]
Mike Alvarez: I love you, fuckin' shit bag.
Jim Davis: I love you too. I'm gonna miss you, brother. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
Mike Alvarez: Everything's gonna be okay.
Jim Davis: Yeah. Yeah. I know.
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References Training Day (2001) See more »

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Dazzey Duks
Written by Bambaataa Aasin, 'Pow Wow' (as Robert Allen), Arthur Baker, Ira Brown,
Anthony Darlington, G.L.O.B.E. (as John Miller), John Robie, and Mr. Biggs (as Ellis Williams)
Performed by Duice
Courtesy of DM Records
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great acting, very human story
19 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm glad i haven't seen training day or i'd feel compelled to compare. This film feels real, and the director really makes you feel like you are actually IN the film, in the situation with the characters. You feel part of their lives and start feeling FOR them. Freddy Rodriguez plays a kinda good guy with a weak will and gets roped into anything Jim(Bale) gets him into. His relationship with Eva longoria is something people can identify with. Christian Bale is mind blowing from the moment the film begins (pun intended) he is very believable as Jim and is one crazy SOB in this film, he pulls off the dialogue, attitude and body language really well, You just couldn't tell he was a Brit, let alone welsh. his acting prowess is impeccable. Miles away from the Bruce Wayne he played recently.

All in all, its a good film, i won't give away the story, though its nothing extraordinary but it gives us the feel of how life is in crime ridden cities where people fight for survival every single day.


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