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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)  »

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Teška vremena  »

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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

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

When Jim learns he has been rejected from the LAPD, Mike suggests it's pretty obvious what has happened, at which point Jim raises his hands in confusion. The following shot shows Jim's hands firm on the wheel before raising them and shaking his head in the same manner. See more »

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Jim Davis: Put the fucking gun to my head and pull the trigger. Nobody's gonna know. Just you and me and God.
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References Training Day (2001) See more »

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Return of the Tres
Written by Ivan Scott Martin, Alex Martinez, and David Thomas
Performed by Delinquent Habits
Courtesy of Station 13/Windswept Holdings, LLC.
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Outstanding...
27 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The plot in this film is somewhat like an aircraft that spends a puzzlingly long time taxiing along the runway before it finally gets airborne. Even then, it is not until the final part that the joystick is forcefully pulled back, and with a great whoosh we are up for some very showy loop-the-loops and victory rolls. HARSH TIMES is both sophisticated and ambitious, with intriguing character development. Despite the slow start that had me, an avid fan of Christian Bale, shifting uncomfortably in my seat, it is never the less witty, ingenious, and a pleasure to watch. Christian Bale undoubtedly stole the show.


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