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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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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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Trivia

The shack were Marta (Tammy Trull) lives was a real shack - it wasn't built for the production. It was in a town situated just south of Ensenada. See more »

Goofs

In California, only the rear license plate has registration stickers on it. On a couple of occasions, registration stickers appear and disappear again on the front plate on Jim's Ford Interceptor. See more »

Quotes

Jim Davis: [after Mike shows Jim a six pack bought by Sylvia for getting a job callback - which was really Jim pretending] Now we know beer is only a phone call away.
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Connections

References Reefer Madness (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Seoul, Daejun, Daegu, Pusan
Written by Pan Suk Seo and Eui Song Chong
Performed by Kim Hye Yeon
Courtesy of Top-Music
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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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