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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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David Ayer

Writer:

David Ayer

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Jim Luther Davis
Freddy Rodríguez ... Mike Alonzo
Eva Longoria ... Sylvia
Chaka Forman ... Toussant
Tammy Trull ... Marta
J.K. Simmons ... Agent Richards
Michael Monks ... Agent Hollenbeck
Samantha Esteban ... Letty
Tania Verafield ... Patty
Noel Gugliemi ... Flaco
Adriana Millan ... Rita
Geo Corvera ... Wilo
Cesar Garcia ... Listo
Terry Crews ... Darrell
Emilio Rivera ... Eddy
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Teška vremena See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,968,505, 12 November 2006

Gross USA:

$3,337,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,969,708
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The license plate 2GAT123, which appears in this film, has also featured in many other films, including Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Traffic (2000), Pay It Forward (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), L.A. Story (1991), Two and a Half Men (2003) and S.W.A.T. (2003) (which was also written by David Ayer). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the scene where Jim holds Flaco and his crew at gun point, we see both Jim and Mike walk towards the car. In one shot we see Jim insulting Patty while Mike has just closed his passenger door, sitting inside the car. In a following shot we clearly see Mike standing outside his door waving to Letty while opening it. See more »

Quotes

Jim Davis: I'll be a super recruit!
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Connections

Features Life & Times (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Boyz-N-The-Hood
Written by Ice Cube (as O. Jackson), Eazy-E (as E. Wright), and Dr. Dre (as A. Young)
Performed by Eazy-E (as Eazy E)
Courtesy of Priority Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

 
Outstanding...
27 August 2006 | by TheAlfaMaleSee all my reviews

The plot in this film is somewhat like an aircraft that spends a puzzlingly long time taxiing along the runway before it finally gets airborne. Even then, it is not until the final part that the joystick is forcefully pulled back, and with a great whoosh we are up for some very showy loop-the-loops and victory rolls. HARSH TIMES is both sophisticated and ambitious, with intriguing character development. Despite the slow start that had me, an avid fan of Christian Bale, shifting uncomfortably in my seat, it is never the less witty, ingenious, and a pleasure to watch. Christian Bale undoubtedly stole the show.


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