Straight Time

Straight Time

Director: Ulu Grosbard Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey


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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?

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2015
UPC: 0888574320669
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 4,796

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dustin Hoffman Max Dembo
Theresa Russell Jenny Mercer
Gary Busey Willy Darin
Harry Dean Stanton Jerry Schue
M. Emmet Walsh Earl Frank
Rita Taggart Carol Schue
Kathy Bates Selma Darin
Sandy Baron Manny
Jacob Busey Henry Darin
Edward Bunker Mickey
James Ray Jewelry Store Manager
Stuart I. Berton Salesman No. 1
Barry Cahill Salesman No. 2
Corey Rand Carlos
Fran Ryan Cafe Owner
David Kelly Counter Man
Emily LaRue Girl
Tina Menard Hotel Manager
Peter Kwong Grocery Clerk
Betty Jane Howarth Employment Clerk
John C. Colton 2nd Beach Boy
John Gilgreen Bank Guard
Peter Jurasik Bank Teller

Technical Credits
Ulu Grosbard Director
Stanley Beck Producer
Jeffrey Boam Screenwriter
Edward Bunker Screenwriter
Everett Creach Stunts
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Dustin Hoffman Producer
Richard J. Lawrence Production Designer
Paul Lohmann Cinematographer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
James Newport Production Designer
Sam O'Steen Editor
Howard Pine Executive Producer
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Roberts Editor
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
David Shire Score Composer
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Westmoreland Makeup
Dick Ziker Stunts
Tim Zinnemann Producer

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