Straight Time (1978)

Director
Ulu Grosbard

Main cast
Dustin Hoffman; Theresa Russell; Gary Busey; Harry Dean Stanton; M. Emmet Walsh

Genres
Drama, Crime

Description
After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.


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