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Harsh Times (2005)

A tough-minded drama about two friends in South Central Los Angeles and the violence that comes between them.

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Cast

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Toussant
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Marta
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Darrell
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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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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£281,609 (UK) (20 August 2006)

Gross:

$3,337,931 (USA) (28 July 2012)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene when Jim (Christian Bale) and Mike ('Freddie Rodriguez') visit Darrell (Terry Crews), after shooting the scripted material, they found they still had the location for two hours, so they began to improvise. They ended up with a thirty minute scene of the three of them talking about their lives in-character. According to Christian Bale, it was one of the funniest experiences of his career. See more »

Goofs

The Gear lever in the car which Jim is driving changes from the park position to the drive position, while he's in motion. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia: You're crazy and you're dangerous and my biggest nightmare is you with a fucking badge!
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Connections

References Training Day (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Que No Quede Huella
Written by Jose Guadalupe Esparza
Performed by Bronco
Courtesy of Fonovisa Records
Under license froim Production And Services Marin, Inc.
Courtesy of Sony BMG Ariola International Mexico
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
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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