Straight Time

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Please God, don't let him get caught.

Dustin Hoffman is paroled criminal Max (Dustin Hoffman) attempting to go straight, get a job and live by the rules. But he finds himself on the wrong side of a cruel parole officer (M. Emmet Walsh) and back in trouble with the law.

The New York Times: "'Max,' says the parole officer, 'I think you have a serious attitude problem.' Just how serious is the dramatic substance of Straight Time, the grimly witty account of the decline of Max Dembo."

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Directed by

  • Ulu Grosbard('The Deep End of the Ocean', 'Falling in Love')

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Drama

114mins

Rating: M Violence, offensive language and sex scenes

USA

Time Out London

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Not for a moment are you allowed to suspect that hoodlums might be smart or attractive, or that crime pays.

Variety (USA)

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A most unlikeable film because Dustin Hoffman, starring as a paroled and longtime criminal, cannot overcome the essentially distasteful and increasingly unsympathetic elements in the character.

New York Times

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Beautifully acted by everyone, but especially by Mr. Hoffman, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Stanton and Gary Busey... not a movie to raise the spirits. It is so cool it would leave a chill were it not done with such precision and control that we remain fascinated by a rat, in spite of ourselves.