Harsh Times


2h 2006

Brief Synopsis

Since coming back from the Gulf War, Jim Davis hasn't been able to get his life back on track. He still feels the residue of that far off desert on his skin, still screams in his sleep from visions he just can't shake. He has burned through his savings waiting for an offer from the L.A.P.D. that has

Film Details

Also Known As
Bad Times
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Mexico; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Since coming back from the Gulf War, Jim Davis hasn't been able to get his life back on track. He still feels the residue of that far off desert on his skin, still screams in his sleep from visions he just can't shake. He has burned through his savings waiting for an offer from the L.A.P.D. that hasn't come. He tells himself that if he only had a job, everything would turn around--he could marry his devoted Mexican girlfriend, Marta, bring her back to the States and settle down. But until something else materializes for Jim--some other way to help his country and not die of boredom at some desk--he'll just chill with his best friend, Mike, also unemployed. And Mike's longtime girlfriend, Sylvia, whom Mike helped put through law school, wants an equal, not a dependent, so he too finds himself on the job hunt. Jim offers to help Mike find a job, but instead they end up cutting a swath of chaos through the mean streets of South Central, looking for trouble--just like when they were kids. In a misguided quest to get their lives together they joyride, get high, plan for their glorious future and start trouble wherever they land. After the L.A.P.D. job evaporates and Jim gets a call from the much more complicated foreign office of Homeland Security, Jim and Mike's misadventures take on a darker edge, one haunted by violence and the echoes of combat Jim can't seem to shake. They no longer need to look for trouble--it's everywhere around them. As the city that was once their playground now seems to press in on them, each choice Jim and Mike make will not only test their loyalty to each other, but their ability to survive the mean streets they hope to leave behind.

Crew

Ed Adams

Transportation Captain

Gary Alexander

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Nina Alexander

On-Set Dresser

Greg Allen

Driver

Mark Alvarez

Assistant Production Accountant

Mary Andrews

Adr Editor

Sara Aronson

Office Production Assistant

Elena Arroy

Makeup

David Ayer

Producer

David Ayer

Screenplay

Arthur Baker

Song

Rebecca Balalder

Scenic Artist

Christian Bale

Executive Producer

Ward Banks

Production

Matt Barbor

Electrician

Paul Barreras

Associate Producer

Christine Bean

Costumer

Mark Binder

Sound Mixer

Morgan Blackledge

Art Director

Leroy Bonner

Song

Richard Botchlet

Swing

Denise Brady

Grip

Jason Brennan

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Carlos Brown

Assistant Costume Designer

Brian Buckland

Office Production Assistant

Jamie Buf

Camera Trainee

Conrad Buff

Editor

James Burkhammer Ii

Assistant

Tom Burman

Prosthetics

Christopher Bustard

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Tony Butler

Song

Collin Butrum

Transportation Coordinator

Walter Byrnes

Grip

Ruben Garcia Camacho

Security

Ted Campbell

Assistant Director

Karla Carnewal

Production Assistant

Allison Carroll

On-Set Dresser

Mike Castillo

Digital Effects Artist

Eric C Castro

Electrician

Cesar Soto Ceja

Security

Roger Chingirian

Electrician

Michael Chock

Sound Effects Editor

Eui Song Chong

Song

David Chung

Best Boy Electric

Sallie Ciganovich

Hair

Sharla Cipicchio

Assistant Camera

Mark Coffey

Assistant Sound Editor

Nano Concha

Song

Vicky Coutourier

On-Set Dresser

Michael Crawford

Line Producer

Ann Cummings

Set Decorator

Manuel Castro Curiel

Assistant

Mark Curry

Music Scoring Mixer

Sean Cyphers

Driver

Nick Danischewsky

Mechanical Special Effects

Jason Davies

Advisor

Jimmy Davis

Driver

Brian M Dawson

Electrician

John Defazio

Grip

Manuel Galaviz Delgado

Grip

Kyle Devriendt

Film Lab

Ivan Dewolf

3-D Animator

Fidel Aguirre Diaz

Driver

Lorenzo Aguirre Diaz

Carpenter

Petronilo Aguirre Diaz

Driver

Janae Dimick

Office Production Assistant

Anna Dinuovo

Film Lab

Tracy Dishman

Props

Chi Kin Doog

Rotoscope Animator

Ramen Doser

Digital Effects Artist

Lori Dovi

Sound Mixer

Bari Dreiband-burman

Makeup Effects

Eazy-e

Song Performer

Tatiana Effirnova

Makeup

Valance Eisleben

Film Lab

Boris Elkis

Music Scoring Mixer

Josh Ellis

Assistant Camera

Robert Emerich

Animator

Chow Emrich

Digital Effects

Mario Enriquez

Apprentice

José Guadalupe Esparza

Song

Jesse Felsot

Coproducer

Bobby Ferrara

Gaffer

Justin Fisher

On-Set Dresser

Marisa Flores

Costumer

Owen Foye

Gaffer

Enrique Franco

Song

Chris Aguilar Garcia

Assistant

Trinidad Garcia

Caterer

Guadalupe Garcia Hernandez

Caterer

Jeffrey Garten

Consultant

Steve Gelon

Accountant

Chris Gillaspie

Film Lab

Erik Gonzales

Electrician

Jesse Gonzalez

Driver

Juan Manuel Gonzalez

Unit Production Manager

William Goodman

Production Consultant

Andrew Goodney

Software Engineer

Tom Gorelick

Film Lab

Roberta Gorski

Associate Producer

Karin Graziani

Film Lab

Jose A. Guerrero

Security

Arturo Guzman

Assistant Director

Fernando Guzman

Location Scout

Torrence Hall

Other

Hawk Hamilton

Film Lab

Curtis Hange

On-Set Dresser

Heather Hazelwood

Art Assistant

Tim Hedgecock

Gaffer

Mark Heidelberger

Production

Brad Heiner

Key Grip

Isabel Henderson

Post-Production Supervisor

Devorah Herbert

Production Designer

Josh Hernandez

Production Assistant

Paul Hersey

On-Set Dresser

John Hoffma

Grip

John Houlihan

Music Supervisor

Mimi Hsueh

Art Assistant

Oscar Inzunza

Key Grip

Bill Isaacson

Driver

Stephen K James

Grip

Vincent Jefchak

Painter

Kevin Jefferson

Grip

Brian Jennings

Visual Effects Supervisor

Jose Abel Jimenez Ochoa

Assistant Director

Brett Jones

Stunt Performer

Marshall Jones

Song

Saravoot Kaitkalang

Sound

Venus Kanani

Casting Associate

Dan Kanes

Best Boy

Dennis Keiffer

Stunt Performer

Grant Keiner

Office Production Assistant

Scott Keiner

Production Coordinator

Carole Ann Kenneally

Assistant Editor

Season Kent

Music Coordinator

Brian Knudson

Animator

Elliot L. Koretz

Sound Effects Editor

Anthony Krajchir

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Christopher Kulikowski

Post-Production Supervisor

John Kwiatkowski

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Germano De La Fuente

Song

Eric Labonte

On-Set Dresser

Alexandra Lacks

Assistant Camera

Jennifer Lai

Assistant Camera

Albert Lanutti

Mechanical Special Effects

Kami Laprade

Art Assistant

Kelly Leffler

Script Supervisor

Jose Lopez

Caterer

Nery Lopez

Caterer

Thomas Arellano Lopez

Security

Edgar Luzanilla

Grip

Heriberto Luzanilla

Grip

Jeff Lynn

Assistant Camera

Ryan Maguire

Foley Mixer

Steve Martin

Medic

Sol Mason

Loader

Steve Mason

Director Of Photography

James Matlosz

Lighting Technician

Toussaint Maxwell

Production Associate

Brendan Maze

On-Set Dresser

Calvin Mcdowell

Driver

Omar Mcgee

Production

Edward Mcgurn

Liaison

Joe Mckeman

Apprentice

Joe Mclaughlin

Production Accountant

Kenneth Mefford

Stunts

Famine Julian Mejia

Song

Fantino Julian Mejia

Original Music

Richard Mesquita

Stunt Coordinator

Luis Meza

Caterer

Michele Michel

Costume Designer

Ralph Middlebrooks

Song

Richard Midiri

Driver

Daniel Miller

Electrician

Nathaniel Miller

Assistant Camera

Molly Minehan

Electrician

Patricia R Mitchell

Scenic Artist

Ray Mitchell

Software Engineer

Jarrette Moats

Art Assistant

Eric Monsker

Stunt Coordinator

Scott Montgomery

Engineer

Gonzalo Mauro Montiel Aguirre

Liaison

Walter Morrison Jr.

Song

David Moss

Assistant

Gillian Moxham

Art Assistant

Piero Mura

Supervising Sound Editor

Dave Myers

Assistant Camera

Tesshi Nakagawa

Wardrobe Assistant

Norman Napier

Song

Los Angeles Negros

Song Performer

Christopher Allen Nelson

Medic

Stephen Nelson

Apprentice

Thomas Nemy

Assistant Camera

Josephine Nericcio

Assistant Sound Editor

Rachael Neubauer

Scenic Artist

Cynthia Nibler

Property Master

Neal Norberg

On-Set Dresser

Johnny Ober

Driver

Hugo R Ocana

Driver

Elion Scott Olson

Assistant Director

Film Details

Also Known As
Bad Times
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2006
Distribution Company
METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. (MGM )
Location
Mexico; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 10, 2006

Released in United States on Video March 13, 2007

Writer/Director David Ayer developed this spec script at the Sundance labs.

Feature directorial debut for David Ayer.

Bauer Martinez paid a reported sum of $4 million at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall November 10, 2006

Released in United States on Video March 13, 2007