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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

Christian Bale spent three weeks with gang members, police officers, ex-soldiers and Homeland Security agents prior to the commencement of shooting. Bale originally wanted to do a full Ranger's School course, which takes eight weeks, and has a 70% drop out rate, but the shooting schedule wouldn't afford him enough time, so he was given a crash course over a week instead. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Jim's car gets pulled over by two cops, a shot showing Officer Leo walking up to the car reveals a crew member visible to the left of the second officer (far left of the screen). See more »

Quotes

Polygraph Expert: I've been doing polygraph tests since before you were swimming in your father's balls. Now either you've got a tack in your shoe, or you're clenching your butt.
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References Training Day (2001) See more »

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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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Excellent movie, far more powerful than one would guess
17 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

I went to see Harsh Times knowing little about it aside from that Christian Bale was in it.

It's hard to go into detail without spoiling the plot, but it's an excellent story of two friends down on their luck, one of them an ex-soldier with some serious post-traumatic stress syndrome.

All the acting is top-notch, and knowing people very similar to the ones in the movie, I would say that it is spot-on, which is a very hard thing for any actor to nail.

A lot of the time when you watch a movie with Brad Pitt in it, you're just watching Brad Pitt be Brad Pitt. As cool as he is, this tends to spoil the movie and any suspense of disbelief.

I've seen a lot of Christian Bale movies, and even so, I forgot that it was Christian Bale throughout most of the entire movie. That is an incredibly impressive thing indeed.

The movie may not get an Oscar, but it is done superbly well, and Christian Bale is quite possibly the next Anthony Hopkins.


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