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After being released on parole, a career burglar assaults his former probation officer, returns to a life of crime, and goes on the run.

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Max Dembo
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Jenny Mercer
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Willy Darin
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Jerry Schue
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Earl Frank
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Carol Schue
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Selma Darin
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Manny
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Henry Darin (as Jacob Busey)
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Hotel Manager
Stephanie Ericsson ...
Bar Patron (as Stephanie Ericsson Baron)
Dave Kelly ...
Counterman
Don Sommese ...
Waiter
Kit Jee Wong ...
Grocer
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Grocery Clerk
Jane Howard ...
Employment Clerk (as Betty Jane Howarth)
Ronald L. Mellinger ...
Jail Guard
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Beach Boy #1
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Beach Boy #2
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Mickey
Corey Rand ...
Carlos
John Gilgreen ...
Bank Guard
Mary Craven ...
Bank Teller
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Bank Teller
Enid Hendershot ...
Girl at Bank
James Ray ...
Jewelry Store Manager
Stuart I. Berton ...
Salesman #1
Barry Cahill ...
Salesman #2
Susan Sherman ...
Saleslady
Francesca Drown ...
Saleslady
Emily Le Rue ...
Girl
Ernest Taylor III ...
Job Applicant
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Cafe Owner
Bob Jarvis ...
Police Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark F. Hill ...
Paramedic (uncredited)
Mags Kavanaugh ...
Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
John McKinley Robertson ...
Prisoner (uncredited)
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Hostage (uncredited)
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Girl at Bank (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ulu Grosbard
Dustin Hoffman ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Edward Bunker ... (novel "No Beast So Fierce")
 
Alvin Sargent ... (screenplay) and
Edward Bunker ... (screenplay) and
Jeffrey Boam ... (screenplay)
 
Michael Mann ... () (uncredited)
 
Nancy Dowd ... () (uncredited)

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Stanley Beck ... producer
Gail Mutrux ... associate producer
Howard Pine ... executive producer (as Howard B. Pine)
Tim Zinnemann ... producer
Dustin Hoffman ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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David Shire

Cinematography by

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Owen Roizman

Film Editing by

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Sam O'Steen
Randy Roberts

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Dianne Crittenden ... (as Diane Crittenden)

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Stephen B. Grimes ... (as Stephen Grimes)

Art Direction by

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Dick Lawrence

Set Decoration by

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Marvin March

Makeup Department

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Vivienne Walker ... hair stylist
Bob Westmoreland ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Larry Franco ... second assistant director
Jack Roe ... assistant director

Art Department

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Barry Bedig ... property master

Sound Department

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Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer (as Dick Portman)
James E. Webb ... production sound mixer (as Jim Webb)

Stunts

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Everett Creach ... stunt coordinator
Alan Gibbs ... stunts
Victor Paul ... stunts
Sorin Serene Pricopie ... stunts (as Sorin Pricopie)
Dick Ziker ... stunt coordinator
Larry Holt ... stunts (uncredited)

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Tim Griffith ... gaffer
Bob Rose ... key grip
Robert M. Stevens ... camera operator (as Bob Stevens)
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. ... first assistant camera
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited) / steadicam (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bernie Pollack ... costumer: men

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
John Caper Jr. ... music editor
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Wayne Roberts ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Susan Leslie Battles ... production coordinator (as Susan Battles)
John Franco ... script supervisor
Gene Levy ... auditor
Edward Bunker ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 to restart his life of crime. Jenny lodges Max at her place and has a love affair with him. Max and his best friend Jerry Schue successfully rob a bank; but after a jewelry heist in Beverly Hills, where Max loses Jerry and Willy, he leaves California and Jenny and heads alone elsewhere. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines "Please God, don't let him get caught." See more »
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Also Known As
  • No Beast So Fierce (United States)
  • Le récidiviste (France)
  • Libertad condicional (Spain)
  • Próbaidő (Hungary)
  • Libertad condicional (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Uncredited, Michael Mann worked on adapting the film's source novel "No Beast So Fierce" by Edward Bunker for the movie's script. The book later acted as a point of reference for Mann for the Neil McCauley character (Robert De Niro), when Mann made Heat (1995). See more »
Goofs Max tells the parole officer that the hotel room costs $17 per week. However, when he initially starts renting it, he agrees on the price of $18 per week. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into La classe américaine (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Two of Us See more »
Quotes Max Dembo: You know what I'd like to do... Why don't you run me by that hotel we'll check it out.
Mickey: 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.
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