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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
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Storyline

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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Clever asks Durty how much money he has to which he replies "a couple hundred dollars". Clever responds by saying "you're gonna need that 200 dollars to survive". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Be Alone
Written by DeYon Dobson, Jeffrey Freeman, Tim Owens
Performed by Tim Owens
Courtesy of Yon Ti Entertainment
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Boring
2 March 2005 | by NemoABSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie and was bored beyond believe.

The story is without any depth. A boy gets accidentally shot, even the involved drug dealers do not know how that happened. They get some years in prison for the drugs.

The father of the dead boy is left behind, his wife has died too some time ago. All he got is his revenge. So he beats up a cop to get into jail to say hello to the two "muderers" of his son.

The movie did not show the motivation of the characters. You see the father drinking alcohol, but you do not feel his pain. The idea of following the guys into jail is so absurd, that it leads to my low rating. To build a complicated weapon like a pistol out of paper instead of a simple one like a knife out of a piece of metal doesn't make any more sense to me.

The situation in the jail is shown as it is like a normal average us-American jail, but I can only hope that it isn't.

In the end I was left with the question what this was all about. I don't know.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doing Hard Time See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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