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Straight Time [DVD] [1978]

  • SKU: 29372524
  • Release Date: 09/01/2015
  • Rating: R

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    Straight Time
    Paroled criminal Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman) is compelled to withstand the calculated cruelties of slimy parole officer Earl Frank (M. Emmet Walsh). The more Max tries to go straight, the more he is defeated by circumstance or hectored by the sadistic Frank. It becomes clear after a while that neither Max nor his fellow ex-cons will be able to survive looking for legitimate work. Max is too "far gone" as a human being to succeed at anything other than crime. He goes back to his old thieving ways, inveigling reformed crook Jerry Schue (Harry Dean Stanton) into helping him. A climactic "big caper" goes tragically awry, thanks in great part to the tragic flaws in Max's personality. Based on a novel by Edward Bunker, Straight Time is possibly the most realistic cinematic probe into the sociopathic psyche of the career criminal. Famed theatrical director and instructor Ulu Grosbard directed, with an uncredited assist from star Hoffman; it was their second film together, after Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Dustin Hoffman
      Dustin Hoffman - Max Dembo
    • Theresa Russell
      Theresa Russell - Jenny Mercer
    • Gary Busey
      Gary Busey - Willy Darin
    • Harry Dean Stanton
      Harry Dean Stanton - Jerry Schue
    • M. Emmet Walsh
      M. Emmet Walsh - Earl Frank

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      straight genius


      An incredibly underseen movie, even, and perhaps especially, during it's original release, Straight Time aged well. It's a gritty, realistic, brilliantly acted character piece about a man who is released from prison but can't quite seem to adjust. Filled with great character actors like Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, and Kathy Bates, the film is a dark, funny character study, reminiscent in tone to Paul Schrader's work at the time. Originally to be directed by star Hoffman, he handed the job to Ulu Grosbard, famed director and instructor, who was later to be a mentor to Quentin Tarantino during his residence at the Sundance Institute.

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      one of dustin hoffman's best movies in the seventies

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