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R| 1 hr. 55 min.

Plot Summary
Jim (Christian Bale) is a Gulf War veteran and he believes it is his sworn duty to protect Americans by policing the streets of Los Angeles. His dreams are shattered when he is rejected by the Los Angeles Police Department leaving him and his Mexican paramour in the lurch. Jim is soon offered a position in the Department of Homeland Security leading him to recruit his unemployed best friend Mike (Freddy Rodriquez) to carve a path of devastation across the city.

Cast: Christian Bale , Freddy Rodriquez , Eva Longoria , Terry Crews , Noel Gugliemi , Chaka Forman , Michael Monks , J.K. Simmons

Director: David Ayer

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Harsh Times (2005)

Release Date: November 10th, 2006|1 hr. 55 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    All along, you know something terrible is going to happen, and when it does, you leave the theater shaken and deeply moved. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Bale brings intense energy (and a convincing American accent) to the proceedings, and the film manages to make this borderline Travis Bickle into a sympathetic character - with a sweetheart, and a sweeter life, beckoning from south of the border. Strong stuff. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The result is an angry, violent mess of a movie with a central character threatening to implode right on the screen. show more

  • August 12, 2011 VirginT
    Report This User

    Why Christian Bale wants to be \"American Psycho\" again..... Some good directional work on the story of a man who self destructs.

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