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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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Marta
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Agent Richards
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Agent Hollenbeck
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Flaco
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Darrell
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Eddy
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£281,609 (UK) (18 August 2006)

Gross:

$3,335,839 (USA) (8 December 2006)
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1.85 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Jim Davis: I'll be a super recruit!
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Connections

References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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