Harsh Times

Harsh Times

Director: David Ayer Cast: Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez, Eva Longoria


An unstable Gulf War veteran with a savior complex receives a shocking wake-up call upon returning stateside and accepting a position with the Department of Homeland Security in the directorial debut of Training Day screenwriter David Ayer. Jim (Christian Bale) is a Gulf War veteran who believes his sworn duty to protect his fellow Americans extends to the streets of Los Angeles, and he longs to fulfill his destiny by joining the LAPD. Rejected by the force and left to ponder his future with his impoverished Mexican paramour -- whom he had intended on bringing to the city after joining the police -- the dejected and unemployed veteran is offered a second shot at helping his country when he is subsequently approached by the Department of Homeland Security. As Jim and his unemployed best friend, Mike (Freddy Rodriguez), carve a swath of chaos through the streets of Los Angeles, the weight of their American dream soon comes crashing down in a devastating blow that threatens to dash their high hopes for a bright future.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
UPC: 0796019799553
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: Weinstein Company
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:56:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Commentary with writer/director David Ayer; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Jim Davis
Freddy Rodriguez Mike Alvarez
Eva Longoria Sylvia
Terry Crews Darrell
Noel Guglielmi Flaco
Chaka Forman Toussant
Blue Mesquita Leo
Michael Monks Agent Hollenback
J.K. Simmons Agent Richards
Armando Riesco Alex
Emilio Rivera Eddy
Tammy Trull Marta
Samantha Esteban Letty
Tania Verafield Patty
Adriana Millan Rita
Geovanny Corvera Wilo
Cesar Garcia Listo
Sonia Iris Lozada Gracie
Paul Renteria Ranchero
Danny Mora Joe
Barry Colvert Polygraph Expert
Craig Ricci Shaynak Gillespie
Robert Dahey Korean Clerk
Nicole Barreras Liquor Store Customer
Anthony 'Citric' Campos Casper
Abel Soto Lil' Chucky
Robert Larabee Big Shadow
Armando Sanchez Little Old Man
Kenneth Choi Fujimoto
Guadalupe Vasquez Torres Marta's Mom
Violeta Monroy Vicky
Brisa Lina
Alex Gomar Guy At Party

Technical Credits
David Ayer Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Christian Bale Executive Producer
Paul Barreras Associate Producer
Morgan Blackledge Art Director,Asst. Director
Conrad Buff Editor
Lori Dovi Sound/Sound Designer
Jesse Felsot Co-producer
Roberta Gorski Associate Producer
David Gorton Executive Producer
Arturo Guzman Asst. Director
Devorah Herbert Producer,Production Designer
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Latham Executive Producer
Philippe Martinez Executive Producer
Steve Mason Cinematographer
Michele Michel Costumes/Costume Designer
Shalimar Reodica Casting
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Andrea Sperling Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harsh Times
1. Bad Dreams [6:19]
2. Job Hunt [11:26]
3. Harem Trouble [10:18]
4. Urine Test [10:29]
5. Traveling Salesmen [11:02]
6. Lies [5:07]
7. Lies Detected [10:06]
8. Celebration [8:06]
9. Paradise [4:10]
10. Disturbing Revelations [8:58]
11. Losing Control [7:41]
12. Payback/End Credits [6:43]

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Harsh Times 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Caroline_fan1 More than 1 year ago
This movie is fantastic from start to finish. I don't know why more people haven't given it positive reviews. Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez are perfect in this movie. Their chemistry is brilliant. No kidding, I have watched it at least 20 times and will most likely never get tired of it. I even bought the cool soundtrack to the movie. Don't listen to negative reviews, just listen to mine ! Every scene is pertinent and the dialogue is hilarious even though the movie is serious. It's fun watching these guys cruise around LA doing everything they shouldn't be doing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor. Terrible. Pathetic. There aren't too many adjectives this inefficiently made movie deserves. It swerves from absolutely irrational to slightly crazy. By the way, where were the cops in the whole film? Drinking open beers and shooting people everywhere, I don't expect much of LAPD, but these are new lows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While no one would fault a writer/director from wanting to depict just how low life can descend, making a film script that is three-quarters repeated expletives and tiresome current slang terms ('dude', 'dog' etc in place of names) wears thin after the first half hour of HARSH TIMES. One wonders if David Ayer wanted to creat the feeling in the theater (or living room!) just with the tenor of the film. The story is so minimal that it needn't be summarized other than to say it is the downward spiral of an ex-army man (Christian Bale) and a wishy-washy burned out failure (Freddy Rodriguez) as they ignore the needs of the women who care about them (a strong Eva Longoria) and choose instead to drink, smoke pot, and act like bad children. The cast is a strong one - in search of a script that means something - but even Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez can't rescue this deflating balloon. It is just a sad film all the way around. Grady Harp