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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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Airs Wed. Jun. 27, 12:00 AM on SHOW

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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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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)  »

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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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Trivia

David Ayer had to take out a mortgage on his home to finance the project. 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 »

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Jim Davis: Trigger time?
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References The Sixth Sense (1999) See more »

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Corazon Ilusionado
Written by Candy Sosa
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music Library
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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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