Definitely agree that this something of an underrated classic. Interesting character study of a repeat offender (Max Dembo), questioning whether or not there's something fatalistic in his recidivism, or whether he is a product of circumstance. The tone feels quite restrained, and Hoffman puts it an excellent performance as well.
A nicely acted, detailed character study about the difficulties faced by a convict trying to make something of himself. Once M. Emmet Walsh is handcuffed to the freeway fence I couldn't help but feel a little let down though as the rest of the film is a fairly typical (though well done) crime caper. Great support by Stanton, Russell & Busey. The scene with Jake Busey is a highlight.
Lo que comienza siendo una historia de redención termina convirtiéndose en una especie de heist film acelerado donde todo está destinado a salir mal. En el medio tenemos un estudio de personaje magistral, al que Hoffman da vida con particular intensidad. En la mirada de su Max Dembo concluye toda la frustración y toda la magnitud de saberse ladrón y vivir la vida con plena conciencia de ello. Ah, y Harry Dean Stanton
How the hell do more people not know about this movie? HOW!? The story takes a while to build up but once that first hour passes, the last hour becomes an amazing ride. Great story and a truly phenomenal cast. Straight Time easily belongs on a top 10 list of 70s cinema.
Any time someone suggests a great film they've never seen, I always suggest this. Written by Eddie Bunker, starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by stage veteran Ulu Grosbard (who directed the original version of David Mamet's "American Buffallo"), Straight Time is a true American crime film and character study that is severely neglected!