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Harsh Times (2005)

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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£281,609 (UK) (18 August 2006)


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

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Noel Gugliemi, who plays Flaco, wears a jacket with a name tag that says 'Hector'. In The Fast and the Furious (2001), Noel Gugliemi played a character called Hector. See more »


Mike and Jim both make references to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), when that agency ceased to exist in March 2003, two years before the film was made. See more »


Sylvia: You look like a gift-wrapped turd!
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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »


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Written by Arthur Baker and John Robie
Performed by Planet Patrol
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Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
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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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