Straight Time

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Hoffman, spivvy and moustached for maximum seediness, is an ex-con on parole who can't go straight, adrift like a midnight bellboy in lowlife LA. One yearns for a routine cops and robbers story, but Grosbard lingers with illusory impartiality over the technical details of the parole system, the problems of finding accommodation and work, and the nastiness of the backyard pool-and-barbecue life-style of riche America. Not for a moment are you allowed to suspect that hoodlums might be smart or attractive, or that crime pays. It's such a relief when Hoffman finally drives off into his bleak future, and this fiction of fact reaches its non-conclusion.

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Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Screenwriter: Alvin Sargent, Edward Bunker, Jeffrey Boam
Cast: Dustin Hoffman
Theresa Russell
Gary Busey
Harry Dean Stanton
M Emmet Walsh
Rita Taggart

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I liked the film. it deals w/a part of life that most people are afraid of but enjoy hearing about it as long as it does'nt enter their living space. dembo is a true 1%er.