Straight Time

IMDb 7.4 114 min
Drama, Crime
Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, M Emmet Walsh, Theresa Russell, Sandy Baron, Rita Taggart
United States
7.1 / 8 times
After six years in prison for armed robbery, Max Dembo, a career robber who has offenses dating back to age twelve, is released on parole. Max, who wants to go straight, doesn't much like the restrictions of parole and does whatever he can to push the boundaries of that parole, much to the chagrin of his parole officer, Earl Frank, who tries to be somewhat flexible, but which may be increasingly difficult as Max pushes harder and harder. Some of those conditions include living in a half way house, not associating with past friends and associates, no driving, and no drugs. Living a straight life may be more difficult than he imagines especially as his encounters with Earl become increasingly black and white, at least in Earl's mind. The way Max deals with Earl is the same way he deals with everything in life: his way or the high way. Through his life in the outside world, Max embarks on a relationship with Jenny Mercer, an employment agency clerk who he meets while looking for a job. Jenny knows about his past criminal history, but he ends up only telling her so much of his current life if only to protect her... just in case.