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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.

Director:

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:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The gun that Jim is seen carrying at the end of the film had to be rented by a Mexican police officer as no firearms were allowed over the Mexican border. See more »

Goofs

Mike and Jim both make references to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), when that agency ceased to exist in March 2003, two years before the film was made. See more »

Quotes

Mike Alvarez: I've been workin' all day. I've been lookin' for work all day.
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Connections

References The Magilla Gorilla Show (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Seoul, Daejun, Daegu, Pusan
Written by Pan Suk Seo and Eui Song Chong
Performed by Kim Hye Yeon
Courtesy of Top-Music
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User Reviews

 
Training Day... but with a better script, better actors, and a better director
13 September 2005 | by boba1_fett1See all my reviews

An intense film, that FEELS a lot like Training Day, but with more of a gritty approach, and with actors who seem actually believable... which makes sense since it's based on the real life experiences of the director/writer and people he knows.

Rodriguez (who was at the World Premiere) and Bale give stellar performances. Rodriguez, if this film is well distributed, will get huge exposure and will likely go far. His performance was incredible, believable, and emotional. Bale continues to show that he's one of the best in Hollywood. Sure, he's playing a slightly psychotic, mentally unstable fellow, similar to a number of previous roles he's played, but he does it so well.

Ayer has improved as a writer, and considering this is his feature film debut as a director, he did fantastically. His knowledge as a director shone through in the Q&A after the film. He also made sure to mention the Cannes labs, where he worked on the script for this film, and how it helped him improve as a writer.

Go see it. It's intense, well written, incredibly performed, and is a thinker of a film.


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