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Harsh Times Details


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 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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 10, 2006


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


David Ayer
David Ayer
Devorah Herbert
Andrea Sperling
David Ayer
Steve Mason
John Houlihan
Musical Direction/Supervision
Graeme Revell
Composer (Music Score)
Conrad Buff
Devorah Herbert
Production Designer
Morgan Blackledge
Art Director
Jesse Felsot
Paul Barreras
Associate Producer
Roberta Gorski
Associate Producer
Alan Latham
Executive Producer
Philippe Martinez
Executive Producer
Christian Bale
Executive Producer
David Gorton
Executive Producer
Ann Cummings
Set Decorator
Michele Michel
Costume Designer
Lori Dovi
Sound/Sound Designer
Morgan Blackledge
First Assistant Director
Mary Vernieu
Shalimar Reodica
Elion Olson
Second Assistant Director
Earl West
Location Manager
Piero Mura
Supervising Sound Editor
Thomas R. Burman
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Joe McLaughlin
Production Accountant
Michael Crawford
Line Producer
Christopher Kulikowski
Post Production Supervisor
David Tecson
Title Design
Chris Stinson
Production Supervisor
Aiken Weiss
Steadicam Operator
Barney Burman
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Isabel Henderson
Post Production Supervisor
Cynthia Nibler
Properties Master
Kelly Leffler
Script Supervisor
Bobby Ferrara
Joan Sobel
Additional Editing
Jason Brennan
Re-Recording Mixer