After many juvenile detentions and six years in prison, the small time thief and burglar Max Dembo is released on parole. Max has an initial friction with his nasty parole officer Earl Frank, but the officer agrees to let him live in a hotel room if he gets a job within a week. Max goes to an employment agency and the attendant Jenny Mercer helps him to get a job in a can industry. Max is decided to begin a new life straight and visits his old friend Willy Darin and his family. When Willy brings Max home, he injects heroin and leaves his spoon under Max's bed. Max dates Jenny and on the next day after hours, he finds Frank waiting for him snooping around his room. Frank finds the spoon and sends Max to prison for tests to prove whether he had a fix or not. Despite the negative result, Frank leaves Max for a week imprisoned. When Max is released again, Frank gives a ride and presses him to tell who had a fix in his room. Max hits Frank, steals his car and seeks out his former friends ...
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Please God, don't let him get caught."
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Did You Know?
The movie poster and DVD cover show Max Dembo walking down a street wearing a partially zipped jacket looking for a place to live after his first meeting his parole officer, Earl Frank. The photo shows the lower half of a pistol sticking out of his jacket, when no gun was visible in the movie scene (at 10:44). See more
You know what I'd like to do... Why don't you run me by that hotel we'll check it out.
Yeah, well I'll drive you out there but I'm not gonna rob it for you, you have to do that yourself. I got stomach trouble... no guts.
References El bracero del año
Two of Us
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Norma Green
(as Norma Helms) See more