is a 1978 film
directed by Ulu Grosbard
, starring Dustin Hoffman
, Theresa Russell
, Gary Busey
, Harry Dean Stanton
, M. Emmet Walsh
, and Kathy Bates
When his efforts at rehabilitation fail, paroled Los Angeles ex-con Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman
) becomes destined to repeat his criminal past.
The screenplay was written by Jeffrey Boam
, Alvin Sargent
and Edward Bunker
, from Bunker's novel No Beast So Fierce
Michael Mann also contributed to the screenplay but was uncredited upon the film's release. The novel later served as a source of reference for the character Neil McCauley in Mann's 1995 film Heat.