Reading the new Sean Penn biography, I was pleased to see Harry Dean Stanton cite this modern crime classic as part of a story he was recounting. For those who haven't seen Straight Time, Dustin Hoffman in a gem of a performance as paroled thief Max Dembo, adds to his most impressive gallery of screen characters. This one, for a variety of reasons, remains his most unsung. Stanton, in a smaller, though crucial role as Hoffman's most trusted friend, may be even better. Has Straight Time been mentioned in the many Warner chats HTF has hosted? I fear that it may fall into their "unsellable" category as Brewster McCloud does. With the studio's amazing turnaround in the last 2+ years, perhaps the tide has turned for titles like these. I realize WB is knee-deep in a wonderful run of golden age classics, on which I happily spend all of my disposable income. However, I also hope to see releases of some of the studio's lesser known, idiosyncratic titles of a more recent vintage (late 60s-70s), of which Straight Time is a shining example.