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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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2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Harsh Times (2005) and Batman Begins (2005) open up with a nightmare sequence going on in the head of the main character, both played by Christian Bale. See more »

Goofs

The length of Mike's facial hair varies between shots, especially in the scene at the end of the film when he's sitting in the car outside the dealers' house. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mike Alvarez: I love you, fucker shitbag.
Jim Davis: I love you too. I'm gonna miss you, brother. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
Mike Alvarez: Everything's gonna be okay.
Jim Davis: Yeah. Yeah, I know.
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Connections

Features Te Voy a Enseñar a Querer (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Party's Just Begun
Written by Tony Butler
Performed by Freestyle
Courtesy of Pandisc Music Corp.
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User Reviews

 
Powerful Performance
4 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Went to see the movie last night without knowing what it was about. To say that I enjoyed the movie from start to finish would be an understatement! I thought Christian Bale was absolutely fantastic, his depiction of an ex soldier trying to get back to "normal" ie get a job, have a relationship, while slowly (or maybe not so slowly!)slipping into mayhem & madness was Oscar winning material. He was at war with himself on a downward spiral and bringing any semblance of normality with him. I know I certainly felt I was grabbed by the throat and brought along for the ride. It's not often a movie is so scary and so sad at the same time. I loved it!


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