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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$3,337,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,969,708
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Freddy Rodríguez worked on this film at the same time as he was shooting season 5 of Six Feet Under (2001). He would work on the show on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and on the film on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. See more »

Goofs

Jim's Smith and Wesson 5904 pistol changes several times throughout the film. Sometimes he is seen wielding a Smith and Wesson 5904 with a squared trigger guard. This indicates it is an earlier production model. Other times in the film he wields a Smith and Wesson 5904 with a rounded off trigger guard, which indicates a later production pistol. See more »

Quotes

Jim Davis: You point and shoot... pop pop... move on... fuck em they shouldn't have been there... you move the fuck on... you do not stop and think about it... it's not a big deal.
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Connections

Features Life & Times (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Dazzey Duks
Written by Bambaataa Aasin, 'Pow Wow' (as Robert Allen), Arthur Baker, Ira Brown,
Anthony Darlington, G.L.O.B.E. (as John Miller), John Robie, and Mr. Biggs (as Ellis Williams)
Performed by Duice
Courtesy of DM Records
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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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