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Harsh Times

Jim Davis is an ex-Army Ranger who finds himself slipping back into his old life of petty crime after a job offer from the LAPD evaporates. His best friend is pressured by his girlfriend Sylvia to find a job, but Jim is more interested in hanging out and making cash from small heists, while trying to get a law enforcement job so he can marry his Mexican girlfriend.

Details

-- Box Office --
Released: Nov 10th, 2006
Budget: $2,000,000.00
Revenue: $3,335,839.00
-- General Information --
Rating:
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Genres: Crime / Drama / Thriller
-- Ratings --
IMDB: N/A
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Metascore N/A

Harsh Times Main Cast

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Christian Bale
Christian Bale
plays Jim Luther Davis
Freddy Rodríguez
Freddy Rodrí…
plays Mike Alonzo
Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria
plays Sylvia
Chaka Forman
Chaka Forman
plays Toussant
Tammy Trull
Tammy Trull
plays Marta
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • The gun that Jim is seen carrying at the end of the film had to be rented by a Mexican police officer as no firearms were allowed over the Mexican border.
  • According to David Ayer, the script for _Harsh Times (2005)_ was written in 1996. He wrote this script shortly after he wrote the script for Training Day, which was completed a year earlier. The script is semi-autobiographical and is based on his own experiences. Like the character of Jim (Christian Bale), Ayer grew up in South Central LA, and joined the military. Upon returning to LA, he too found himself drifting into petty crime, and hanging out with his friend all day. He was able to pull his life together however, but some of his friends were unable to do so. As such, the character of Jim is a composite of both Ayer and a number of people he knew.
  • David Ayer first met Christian Bale when Bale auditioned for Training Day, for the role that ultimately went to Ethan Hawke. Ayer liked Bale's intensity, and gave him the Harsh Times script. Bale loved it, and Ayer promised him that if the movie was ever made, he could play Jim. When the movie went into production, Ayer kept his promise.
  • SPOILER: The film was released by Bauer Martinez Entertainment, however this was not the first company writer/director David Ayer went to. Ayer had originally sold the script to another company, but they demanded changes that Ayer was unwilling to implement. They wanted several flashback scenes of Jim (Christian Bale) and Mike (Freddy Rodríguez) as kids, to help establish their bond, they wanted less profanity, and they also wanted the ending of the film changed, so that Jim survives, and puts his life back together. Ayer refused to make the changes, and purchased the script back.
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