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Doing Hard Time (2004)

A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Kodjoe ... Michael Mitchell
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Curtis Craig aka: Durty Curt From Detroit (as Michael K. Williams)
Sticky Fingaz ... Eddie Mathematic
Reagan Gomez-Preston ... Rayvon Jones
Jazsmin Lewis ... Robin
William L. Johnson ... Clever
Marcello Thedford ... Toure Smalls
Emilio Rivera ... Officer David Teal
Chenoa Maxwell ... Elise
Charles Malik Whitfield ... Armand
Patrice Fisher ... Lt. Elaine Lodge
Steven Bauer ... Det. Anthony Wade
Giancarlo Esposito ... Captain Pierce
Michael Kimbrew ... Raymond Carver aka: Razor
Kelsey Shaw McNeal Kelsey Shaw McNeal ... Gutter


When Michael Mitchell's seven-year-old son, Chase, is accidentally shot during an aborted drug deal, no one knows for sure which of the two gunmen, Curtis "Durty Curt From Detroit" Craig or Raymond "Razor" Carver, pulled the trigger. Because both men refuse to testify against the other, a jury finds them guilty only of drug possession, meaning they could be back on the street in two years. Having already lost Chase's mother to cancer, Michael can't live with the idea of his only child's murder going unpunished. As part of a methodical plan to exact his revenge, he commits a brutal crime to get himself sentenced to the same institution as Durty Curt and Razor. Meanwhile, Durty Curt is determined to settle the score with Razor, who has fallen in with prison kingpin Eddie Mathematic. As a showdown approaches, a cast of players, from prison guard Capt. Pierce to gay bookie Clever to Michael's illiterate cell mate, Smalls take sides and place bets on the outcome. Written by Andrew Hindes

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He had to get in, to get even.


Drama | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Sony Pictures





Release Date:

23 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sitten See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The counselor tells Durty that he is responsible for the murder of a seven year old boy when the boy was actually eighty years old. See more »


Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »


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Written by DeYon Dobson, Tim Owens
Performed by Terry Thomas
Courtesy of Soul Fire Entertainment
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great movie
20 December 2004 | by shorterimhotrodSee all my reviews

i think dong hard time was an excellent movie, Michael K Williams a.k.a Omar from The Wire was great i have seen a lot of prison movies and this one was the most believable definitely a classic with a great cast and great story line. Every father can relate to the pain he was going threw and would probably do the same thing he did The character of razor was a very important character to the story line and deserved recognition at the end of the movie, the fight scenes were very intense between dirty curt and Boris , i hadn't seen a fight scene that good in a movie in a long time

a must see movie

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