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Synopsis: After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer. When he is released again, he assaults the parole officer, steals his car, and returns to a life of crime.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Approximately six years. No vacation.

What'd you do?


You know, I know I fouled up

that typing test...

...but I do know how

to work a manual...

...and if you get any calls

for a manual typist...

...I'd appreciate it, you know?

Well, I'll see what I can do.

All I wanna....

All I wanna do is get a job.

I need a f***ing job.

I believe you.

Well, let me see.

I'm sorry to be a problem.

You know, like I can't drive a car

without permission.

-Why not?

-Well, it's a parole restriction.

I can't handle money, you know,

and it's like I'm limited... terms of what they allow me to do.

Is there anything at all?

How about the National Can Company?

-Do you think they'd let you work there?


-I think that would be all right with them.

-It's not much. It's only scale.

You wanna try? Okay.

Let's see what we've got here.

Well, go here and see what they say.

Listen, if I get this job,

can I celebrate by taking you to dinner?

You're not sure?

Is that a half yes?

I guess so.

When you go there,

I hope you get the job.

-Thanks for your time.

-Good luck.

-Thank you.

-Let me know what happens.


-Hello? Who is it?

-Who is this?

This is Henry Darin.

-Henry Darin? I've heard about you.


-Is your daddy there?


Well, you tell him that somebody

wants to give the big bear a bear hug.

-Who is it?

-Just tell him...

...somebody wants to give the big bear

a bear hug. He'll know.

Dad! Someone wants to give you

a big-bear big bear hug!




-It's Max.


-How you doing?

-Max, thank-- Goddamn.

-Is that your boy?


The last time you wrote,

he was learning how to walk.

Well, where the hell are you?

I got no wheels yet.

You wanna come get me?

Yes! Tell me where you are.

Well, why don't I meet you

on 7th and AIvarado?

-If I'm not there, wait for me, all right?


-You coming now?

-I'm coming now.

-Okay. I'll see you.

-Okay. Yeah.

-How you doing?

-Good. Get in the back, Bart. In the back!

-How you doing? Good to see you.

-It's going well.

Good. Rock 'n' roll!

-How you doing?

-Doing good.

-You working?

-I'm riveting.

Kitchens and bathrooms

in portable homes.

How'd you get the job?

Well, when I came out,

the parole officer got it for me...

...and when I got off parole, Selma said,

''It's good enough. Why don't you keep it?''

You'll be a riveter

the rest of your life, man.

Sh*t, no, man.

I'm working on my time.

I'm getting my drums together.

I'm gonna play.

Holy Jesus!

-Are you the one I talked to on the phone?

-Shake hands with Max Dembo.

-This is my son, Henry.

-How you doing?

Tell him a knock-knock joke.

He's got tons.

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Alvin Sargent

Alvin Sargent (born April 12, 1927) is an American screenwriter. He has won two Academy Awards in 1978 and 1981 for his screenplays of Julia and Ordinary People. His most popular contribution has been being involved in the writing of most of the films in Sony's Spider-Man film series (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the first exception to this). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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