A career criminal, Max Dembo (Dustin Hoffman) is determined to go straight after his latest stint in prison. He takes a mindless job in a cannery, patiently endures the abuse of his pompous parole officer, Earl (M. Emmet Walsh), and begins a romance with a sympathetic girl from the employment office, Jenny (Theresa Russell). But when Earl erroneously busts Jack for drug abuse, the ex-con cracks, assaulting Earl and setting off on a reckless crime spree.
Director: Ulu Grosbard
Writer: Jeffrey Boam, Edward Bunker, Nancy Dowd and Michael Gutmann
Producer: Stanley Beck, Dustin Hoffman, Gail Mutrux and Tim Zinnemann
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Theresa Russell, Gary Busey, Harry Stanton, M. Emmet Walsh, Sandy Baron, Kathy Bates, Edward Bunker, Fran Ryan, Rita Taggart, Jake Busey and Tina Menard