Straight Time

1978, Crime/Drama, 1h 54m

11 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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A career criminal, Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman) is determined to go straight after his latest stint in prison. He takes a mindless job in a cannery, patiently endures the abuse of his pompous parole officer, Earl (M. Emmet Walsh), and begins a romance with a sympathetic girl from the employment office, Jenny (Theresa Russell). But when Earl erroneously busts Jack for drug abuse, the ex-con cracks, assaulting Earl and setting off on a reckless crime spree.

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  • Mar 24, 2021
    An authentic look at a career criminal. Dustin Hoffman's performance is striking. His co-stars Theresa Russell, Harry Dean Stanton and M.Emmet Walsh are his equal. Excellent picture.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2011
    This is not a film about a man moving up in the world of crime, but rather about his decline. The farther up he goes, the harder it is to go back down. Giving up begins to seem more and more futile, even if it means running for the rest of his life. There is a cast of fine performances in "Straight Time", but the best acting comes from Hoffman, whose meticulous performance the film dwells upon. He manifests the character of Max better than any other actor imaginable, and not once does his acting ever falter.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 19, 2011
    The reason I enjoyed this flick so much, besides the fact that it's a heist flick, is Dustin Hoffman playing against type. Watching Hoffman go Pacino-crazy-like on his parole office is an added bonus. Good for an evening view. One of the underrated, or unheard of for me, rather, gems on netflix instant.
    matt s Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2011
    Based on a novel by Edward Bunker, Straight Time is possibly one of the most realistic cinematic probes into the sociopathic psyche of the career criminal. Great cast, strong script and solid direction by Ulu Grosbard. Not for a moment are you allowed to suspect that hoodlums might be smart or attractive, or that crime pays. Thanks to mjgildea for recommending this, it may have stayed under the radar much longer. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view&current=straighttime.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/straighttime.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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