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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

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

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish | Korean

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,337,931, 28 July 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,967,038, 28 July 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emilio Rivera and Paul Renteria (the man who stabs Eddy), are good friends in real life. They also worked behind the scenes as dialect and culture coaches for the Welsh-born Christian Bale and the Chicago-born, Puerto Rican Freddy Rodríguez. Rivera and Renteria had worked together in the early 1990's in the Historic Chicano Play "The Silver Dollar" performed in front of live patrons in the Silver Dollar Bar on the famous Whittier Boulevard in East LA, which commemorated the shooting and actual death site of LA Times Correspondent 'Rubén Salazar' on August 29, 1970, during the East LA Riots. They also appeared together in 2007's Toyota Tundra "Band Roadies" Spanish Television Commercial & Latino Concert Series. Off screen, they speak to High School students about Acting & Life Issues, participate in Celebrity Softball Games, and can often be seen on the streets of Los Angeles supporting Children's Toy Runs & Various Fundraisers on their Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. See more »

Goofs

[Spoiler] Just after Eddy is murdered in the bar, Jim and Mike run to Jim's car. As they are driving away the camera and a crew member's shadow is clearly visible on the sidewalk. See more »

Quotes

Jim Davis: [after Mike shows Jim a six pack bought by Sylvia for getting a job callback - which was really Jim pretending] Now we know beer is only a phone call away.
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Un Pagina Mas
Written by Raul Garcia Ramirez
Performed by ECO
Published by San Antonio Music Publishers, Inc.
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Unflinching film set in L.A. which informs and tests your ideas of the world we live in
27 August 2006 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

Christian Bale is an actor who is never orthodox. His string of films have in general been breaking moulds and testing his own ability, and more often than not you leave the cinema thinking that you had seen something special.

Having revived the Batman series and out-Lynched David Lynch in "The Machinist", he has now tackled the troubled life of a war veteran who is trying to find a job in order to be able to settle down so he can marry and bring over his wife from Mexico. Alongside him is his best friend who is also in the same situation of finding a job but this time in order to satisfy his frustrated working wife. As always nothing goes as easily to plan.

The two lead actors end up struggling through job rejections, life, gangs, drugs and drinks, and also the struggle to move on from their carefree lifestyle when they were young. Responsibility is a difficult option for the pair of them. The problem is exacerbated by Christian Bale's character's flashbacks and hauntings to the war, which add a frightening and unstable edge to his character.

The film overall takes us on an unpredictable journey following the two men questioning ourselves what we would do if we were in their shoes, and watching the pair of them acting and opting for what they do can be unsettling. Acting is great, direction is interesting and you will not be disappointed. If you like Crash, then in some ways this is in the same vein but not alike to the movie. I thoroughly was interested and enjoyed this movie, and if you want a thought-provoking film then this is definitely for you.


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