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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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Marta
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Agent Richards
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Flaco
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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) (20 August 2006)

Gross:

$3,337,931 (USA) (28 July 2012)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Eva Longoria, money was so tight on the film, the production couldn't afford catering. See more »

Goofs

When Jim learns he has been rejected from the LAPD, Mike suggests it's pretty obvious what has happened, at which point Jim raises his hands in confusion. The following shot shows Jim's hands firm on the wheel before raising them and shaking his head in the same manner. See more »

Quotes

Mike Alonzo: How was it like to straight up whack em up ?
Mike Alonzo: Point and shoot. Pop, pop - move on! You do not stop and think!
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References Training Day (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Play At Your Own Risk
Written by Arthur Baker and John Robie
Performed by Planet Patrol
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Music
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great acting, very human story
19 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm glad i haven't seen training day or i'd feel compelled to compare. This film feels real, and the director really makes you feel like you are actually IN the film, in the situation with the characters. You feel part of their lives and start feeling FOR them. Freddy Rodriguez plays a kinda good guy with a weak will and gets roped into anything Jim(Bale) gets him into. His relationship with Eva longoria is something people can identify with. Christian Bale is mind blowing from the moment the film begins (pun intended) he is very believable as Jim and is one crazy SOB in this film, he pulls off the dialogue, attitude and body language really well, You just couldn't tell he was a Brit, let alone welsh. his acting prowess is impeccable. Miles away from the Bruce Wayne he played recently.

All in all, its a good film, i won't give away the story, though its nothing extraordinary but it gives us the feel of how life is in crime ridden cities where people fight for survival every single day.


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