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Straight Time (1978)

Director:
Ulu Grosbard
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Action/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Uten en sjanse
RUNNING TIME
86 minutes
Producer:
Stanley Beck
Tim Zinneman
Screenwriter (based on a novel by Edward Bunker):
Alvin Sargent
Edward Bunker
Jeffrey Boam


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Max Dembo Dustin Hoffman
Jenny Mercer Theresa Russell
Willy Darin Gary Busey
Jerry Schue Harry Dean Stanton
Earl Frank M. Emmet Walsh
Selma Darin Kathy Bates
Carol Schue Rita Taggart
Manny Sandy Baron
Henry Darin Jake Busey

 

Review

In 1978, Dustin Hoffman was able to chisel and harden his sensitive persona and come off as believeable enough to make Straight Time the layered, constantly interesting character study and social drama it sets out to be. Director Ulu Grosbard gives his film a classical sense of tragedy, but drapes it all in the free-spirited, life-affirming aura of the 1970s, which could make even the most hopeless and doomed enterprise (or character) seem romantic and subdued optimistic. And although many of the anecdotes that make up this film are mostly unremarkable in and of themselves, including the vapid love-scenes between a somewhat uncomfortable Hoffman and a wonderfully sensitive Theresa Russell, they sum up into a poignant, moody piece. Dog Day Afternoon's more intelligent younger brother from the west coast, if you like. Great play by the ever-impressive Harry Dean Stanton is the icing on the cake.

 

Copyright 13.05.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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