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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim Luther Davis
... Mike Alonzo
... Sylvia
... Toussant
... Marta
... Agent Richards
... Agent Hollenbeck
... Letty
... Patty
... Flaco
... Rita
... Wilo
... Listo
... Darrell
... 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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Rated R for strong violence, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Teška vremena  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,968,505, 12 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,337,931, 28 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,967,038, 28 July 2012
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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 Dr. (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

The Gear lever in the car which Jim is driving changes from the park position to the drive position, while he's in motion. See more »

Quotes

Marta: No, please don't go. Time freezes when you're gone.
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Connections

References Training Day (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Dazzey Duks
Written by Bambaataa Aasin, 'Pow Wow' (as Robert Allen), Arthur Baker, Ira Brown,
Anthony Darlington, G.L.O.B.E. (as John Miller), John Robie, and Mr. Biggs (as Ellis Williams)
Performed by Duice
Courtesy of DM Records
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Outstanding...
27 August 2006 | by See 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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