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379 Ratings

Straight Time

Directed by Ulu Grosbard
United States, 1978
Crime, Drama


After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer. When he is released again, he assaults the parole officer, steals his car, and returns to a life of crime.

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Straight Time Directed by Ulu Grosbard

Critics reviews

The film’s quality is mainly attributable to Hoffman’s deftly-crafted, resonant performance; as well as, of course, the inimitably hard-boiled hand of Edward Bunker, a criminal-turned-screenwriter/novelist and actor… Straight Time is a film that richly invites repeated viewings for its manifold textual and performative pleasures. Like one of my childhood pigeons, it quietly keeps homing back to the fore of my consciousness.
November 20, 2016
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Despite some signs of muddle and uncertainty (Ulu Grosbard replaced Dustin Hoffman as director during the shooting), this is a surprisingly strong picture… Based on Edward Bunker’s novel No Beast So Fierce and adapted by several hands, this gains one’s respect largely through its secondary cast—Theresa Russell, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, M. Emmet Walsh, and Rita Taggart—although Hoffman has his moments as well (1978).
July 01, 1991
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