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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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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

Emilio Rivera and Paul Renteria (the man who stabs Eddy), are good friends in real life. They also worked behind the scenes as dialect and culture coaches for the Welsh-born Christian Bale and the Chicago-born, Puerto Rican Freddy Rodríguez. Rivera and Renteria had worked together in the early 1990's in the Historic Chicano Play "The Silver Dollar" performed in front of live patrons in the Silver Dollar Bar on the famous Whittier Boulevard in East LA, which commemorated the shooting and actual death site of LA Times Correspondent Rubén Salazar on August 29, 1970, during the East LA Riots. They also appeared together in 2007's Toyota Tundra "Band Roadies" Spanish Television Commercial & Latino Concert Series. Off screen, they speak to High School students about Acting & Life Issues, participate in Celebrity Softball Games, and can often be seen on the streets of Los Angeles supporting Children's Toy Runs & Various Fundraisers on their Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the scene where Jim holds Flaco and his crew at gun point, we see both Jim and Mike walk towards the car. In one shot we see Jim insulting Patty while Mike has just closed his passenger door, sitting inside the car. In a following shot we clearly see Mike standing outside his door waving to Letty while opening it. See more »

Quotes

Leo: [pointing firearm at Mike and Jim] Blink and die, scumbag!
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Connections

References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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Un Pagina Mas
Written by Raul Garcia Ramirez
Performed by ECO
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Excellent movie, far more powerful than one would guess
17 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to see Harsh Times knowing little about it aside from that Christian Bale was in it.

It's hard to go into detail without spoiling the plot, but it's an excellent story of two friends down on their luck, one of them an ex-soldier with some serious post-traumatic stress syndrome.

All the acting is top-notch, and knowing people very similar to the ones in the movie, I would say that it is spot-on, which is a very hard thing for any actor to nail.

A lot of the time when you watch a movie with Brad Pitt in it, you're just watching Brad Pitt be Brad Pitt. As cool as he is, this tends to spoil the movie and any suspense of disbelief.

I've seen a lot of Christian Bale movies, and even so, I forgot that it was Christian Bale throughout most of the entire movie. That is an incredibly impressive thing indeed.

The movie may not get an Oscar, but it is done superbly well, and Christian Bale is quite possibly the next Anthony Hopkins.


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