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Harsh Times (2005)

R  |   |  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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Teška vremena  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£281,609 (UK) (18 August 2006)


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

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1.85 : 1
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The entire film was shot in 24 days. See more »


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 »


Jim Davis: [after Mike shows Jim a six pack bought by Sylvia for getting a job callback - which was really Jim pretending] Now we know beer is only a phone call away.
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Written by Ice Cube (as O. Jackson), Eazy-E (as E. Wright), and Dr. Dre (as A. Young)
Performed by Eazy-E (as Eazy E)
Courtesy of Priority Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Powerful Performance
4 September 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Went to see the movie last night without knowing what it was about. To say that I enjoyed the movie from start to finish would be an understatement! I thought Christian Bale was absolutely fantastic, his depiction of an ex soldier trying to get back to "normal" ie get a job, have a relationship, while slowly (or maybe not so slowly!)slipping into mayhem & madness was Oscar winning material. He was at war with himself on a downward spiral and bringing any semblance of normality with him. I know I certainly felt I was grabbed by the throat and brought along for the ride. It's not often a movie is so scary and so sad at the same time. I loved it!

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