Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Straw Dogs/Straight Time

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 27 Jun 2003

Mister Grey wrote:

"It's worth mentioning here that Straight Time is based on the book of the same name by former FBI most wanted man-turned cult icon Edward Bunker, and the book in turn was based on his real life exploits. Bunker is probably known to most people as the short-lived, Souther Drawl-having Mr. Blue in Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent gangster masterpiece "Reservoir Dogs.""

Another movie whose video release was held up for years in the UK.

Although the book was reissued in paperback as Straight Time after the movie came out, Bunker's first novel was originally, and in its most recent US printing, called No Beast So Fierce.

The follow-up, the prison novel Animal Factory is also quite good, both the book and its movie adaptation of the same name, directed by Steve Buscemi, Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs.

He has also written two other novels, Little Boy Blue and Dog Eat Dog, and his autobiography, Education of a Felon (in the US; I think the UK title has Mr. Brown in the title).

And didn't he co-write the screenplay for Runaway Train?


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