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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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2,390 ( 567)

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Airs Wed. Oct. 17, 11:30 PM on TMC

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2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Right before Jim is about to take a gulp of vinegar, Mike picks up his cup of coffee off the counter and raises it. The next shot Mike again picks it up from the counter as Jim drinks vinegar. See more »

Quotes

Sylvia: You have to keep trying until something happens. Finding a job is a job, right?
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Connections

Features Life & Times (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Eazy-E (as Eazy E)
Courtesy of Priority Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

 
Christian Bale is spectacular!
9 January 2006 | by nhayashigawaSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good movie. It's really intense and disturbing. The pairing of Freddy Rodreiguez and Christian Bale definitely covers the wide range of emotions that the duo go through during the film. I won't be too specific, but Bale really pulls off a haunting portrayal of a guy who is really messed up, but never fails when he needs to expose what little shred of humanity that still remains. Rodreiguez plays opposite Bale and plays well off of him and vice versa. Eva Longoria makes an appearance in this film and that's always something to look forward to. I recommend this movie, but it isn't for the squeamish. It's a lot like Training Day, (also written by director David Ayer) and I'll go as far as to say that it's actually better.


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