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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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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£281,609 (UK) (18 August 2006)

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$3,335,839 (USA) (8 December 2006)
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The script was initially developed as a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab Script, where a live read through in front of 350 people was done. Their positive reaction prompted Ayer to try to make the movie. See more »

Goofs

Right before Jim is about to take a gulp of vinegar, Mike picks up his cup of coffee off the counter and raises it. The next shot Mike again picks it up from the counter as Jim drinks vinegar. See more »

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Jim Davis: Trigger time?
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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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Ni Parientes Somos
Written by Enrique Franco Aguilar
Performed by Los Tigres del Norte
Courtesy of Fonovisa Records
Under license from Los Tigres del Norte, Inc.
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Training Day... but with a better script, better actors, and a better director
13 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

An intense film, that FEELS a lot like Training Day, but with more of a gritty approach, and with actors who seem actually believable... which makes sense since it's based on the real life experiences of the director/writer and people he knows.

Rodriguez (who was at the World Premiere) and Bale give stellar performances. Rodriguez, if this film is well distributed, will get huge exposure and will likely go far. His performance was incredible, believable, and emotional. Bale continues to show that he's one of the best in Hollywood. Sure, he's playing a slightly psychotic, mentally unstable fellow, similar to a number of previous roles he's played, but he does it so well.

Ayer has improved as a writer, and considering this is his feature film debut as a director, he did fantastically. His knowledge as a director shone through in the Q&A after the film. He also made sure to mention the Cannes labs, where he worked on the script for this film, and how it helped him improve as a writer.

Go see it. It's intense, well written, incredibly performed, and is a thinker of a film.


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