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"Straight Time" (1978)
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I don't know how Straight Time (1978) stayed off my radar for this long, this movie is fantastic. The cast can't be beat: Dustin Hoffman, the gorgeous Theresa Russell, pre-crazy Gary Busey and the first role of Jake Busey, M. Emmet Walsh, Kathy Bates, a younger Sandy Baron (Jack Klompus from Seinfeld), and the amazing Harry Dean Stanton. Though he's not credited, I'm pretty sure I saw Eddie Bunker (Mr. Blue from Reservoir Dogs), who wrote both the screenplay and the source material, in a cameo. The story is simple: Dustin Hoffman is a newly released con that tries to go straight, fails, and returns to a life of crime. What’s great about Straight Time is when/where it is set: grimy 70s Los Angeles; and man it doesn’t waste anytime getting started. I thought I was in store for a 2 hour wishy washy movie about trying to stay straight, but within 30 minutes of the movie Dustin Hoffman says fuck the man and unapologetically gets down to crime-town. I don’t know how Criterion hasn’t scooped this film up – a fantastic forgotten gem of the late 70s.
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#2
Great flick. Hope Shout puts out a blu for it now that they're working with Warner.

Also provides an ample look at M. Emmet Walsh's fanny.
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#3
This was recently shown on Filmstruck, so maybe Criterion will release it in the near future?

Great movie. My strongest memory of the movie is the moment where a young Jake Busey clocks his dad in the face, and a stunned Gary lectures him on camera while staying in character. You rarely see in-the-moment acting like that anymore.
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