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Straight Time

Straight Time

Straight Time is a 1978 film directed by Ulu Grosbard, starring Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, M. Emmet Walsh, and Kathy Bates.

Plot Summary

When his efforts at rehabilitation fail, paroled Los Angeles ex-con Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman) becomes destined to repeat his criminal past.

Production

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.

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