Straight Time

Straight Time

Ulu Grosbard (1978)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This terrific if sordid little opus was originally begun by star Dustin Hoffman as his own director, but he handed the reins over to Broadway veteran Ulu Grosbard when the strain of juggling both tasks got too much for him. Hoffman is brilliant as petty hood Max Dembo, and there are marvellous supporting performances from the lowlife likes of M Emmet Walsh, Gary Busey, and Harry Dean Stanton. Never a popular movie, this has been re-evaluated in the light of Reservoir Dogs, which featured this story's original author, Edward Bunker, in an acting role.


A jailbird resolves to turn over a new leaf, but is eventually dragged back into a life of crime by his former underworld associates. Drama, starring Dustin Hoffman, Harry Dean Stanton, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey and Kathy Bates.

Cast & Crew

Max Dembo Dustin Hoffman
Jerry Schue Harry Dean Stanton
Jenny Mercer Theresa Russell
Selma Darin Kathy Bates
Willy Darin Gary Busey
Earl Frank M Emmet Walsh
Manny Sandy Baron
Mickey Edward Bunker
Cafe owner Fran Ryan
Director Ulu Grosbard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video