Doing Hard Time

Synopsis: When Michael Mitchell's seven-year-old son, Chase, is accidentally shot during an aborted drug deal, no one knows for sure which of the two gunmen, Curtis "Durty Curt From Detroit" Craig or Raymond "Razor" Carver, pulled the trigger. Because both men refuse to testify against the other, a jury finds them guilty only of drug possession, meaning they could be back on the street in two years. Having already lost Chase's mother to cancer, Michael can't live with the idea of his only child's murder going unpunished. As part of a methodical plan to exact his revenge, he commits a brutal crime to get himself sentenced to the same institution as Durty Curt and Razor. Meanwhile, Durty Curt is determined to settle the score with Razor, who has fallen in with prison kingpin Eddie Mathematic. As a showdown approaches, a cast of players, from prison guard Capt. Pierce to gay bookie Clever to Michael's illiterate cell mate, Smalls take sides and place bets on the outcome.
Genre: Action, Drama
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
100 min

Put your hands up!

Get against the fence. Against the fence.

Not my boy.


Not my boy!

Help me, someone!


Why don't you tell me what happened, son?

Okay. I mean, that's cute.

- You don't mind if I smoke, do you?

- It's your house, man.

No doubt.

Why did you shoot the boy?

I didn't shoot nobody, man.

Come on, Curtis.

A drug deal gone bad.

Tempers get out of hand.

Guns get fired.

One of you accidentally shot the kid.

The question is, which one?

Why don't you figure out which one, then?

Now you hang tight. I'll go do that.

I don't know. Looks light, feels light.

Got you both on drug charges.

But there's a bigger picture here.

Now, we'll drop the possession.

Just tell me who shot the kid.

What kid? Somebody shot a kid?

Well, you see right there...

that tells me it wasn't you.

But that leaves only one other person.

If I was you, I'd be looking

to get out in front of this thing.

You ain't me.

You're f***ed, you know that?

You're cute and you're funny.

You're a comedian.

Welcome back, homey.

Who you talking to?

I ain't your f***ing homey, homes.

Now you listen, because I know the streets.

Honor? I know all about it.

I know you ain't no f***ing snitch.

But Razor tried to take your dope

and kill you.

Where is the honor in that?

The way I see it...

you don't owe him nothing, Curtis.

Let me get this straight.

You want me to write down

on this piece of paper...

that Razor tried to rob me for a bird...

we got into a gunfight,

and he shot the kid, right?

Your own words.

Let's see now:

One with a gun will get you two.

Complicity to murder.

I mean, I just want to get this right

so ain't no confusion.

Take your time.

I hear you. You hear it...

Yeah, I'll get you a lawyer.

You want a lawyer?

You want to beat me down, don't you?

What I want to do, and what is legal...

are two different things.

Get out of here.

Have the members of the jury

reached a verdict?

- We have, Your Honor.

- Will the defendants please rise?

On the charge

of possession of a controlled substance...

with the intent to sell, what say you?

We find the defendants guilty as charged.

On the charge of murder

in the second degree, what say you?

We find the defendants not guilty.

The defendants are remanded

to the State of California immediately.

Let's go!

Come in here! Step it up! Step lively!

On the line! Let's go! Face front!

Face front! Let's go!

Welcome to paradise, ladies.

Let's go! Face me! Turn and face me!

Get in here! On the line!

My name is Capt. Pierce, and I like it.

So don't call me Pierce...

Cap, Hey you, Chief, or anything else.

- Understand?

- Yes, Capt. Pierce.

Casaway Correctional Facility has rules...

like the society you came from.

Unlike the society you came from,

there are no legal loopholes or shortcuts.

So if you break them,

you will be held accountable.

This place runs on a ticket system.

Tickets add time to your sentence.

The more tickets, the more time.

You keep your nose clean,

do your job, keep a positive attitude...

and you won't see any tickets.

Do the opposite,

and you will grow old and die in here.

Here you go.

Can I get you something to drink?

No, I meant...

Never mind.

So how long

are you going to do this, Michael?

Do what?

Not go to work, drink all day,

sit around and feel sorry for yourself.

- I wasn't Chase's mother, but I loved...

- That's right!

His mother died.

You can't possibly know what I feel.

Then have your son murdered...

and the men responsible get five years.

Eligible for parole in two...

because the jury couldn't determine

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Preston A. Whitmore II

Preston Alexander Whitmore II (born June 26, 1962) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter. Preston Whitmore is best known for his 2007 comedy-drama This Christmas. The film garnered Preston an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Directing in 2008. Whitmore has a number of television and feature film projects in development at his Los Angeles based production company, The Preston Picture Company. more…

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