Dustin Hoffman plays Max Dembo, a convict ,at the mercy of his parole officer to set him free. While on parole for the first time, Jenny Mercer (Theresa Russell) helps him get a job which is a requisite for ending the parole. They both fall in love.When the parole officer makes a search at Max's home he finds evidence of a dope being used. Max lets his friend Jerry use the dope in his room earlier. So, Max is arrested again and a urine test is taken. When found not guilty Max is let out in parole again. Completely irritated by the officer Max runs away from him . Soon, he comes to know that the only thing he could do well is burglary. While robbing a jewellery shop, a mistake leads to the death of his close friend and confidante. However , Max escapes and absconds with his girl friend Jenny. At last, completely disgusted with the world, Max sends his girl friend home to L.A and admits that he knows he will get caught again! Awesome performance from Hoffman throughout the movie, indicates why he's the greatest of all time!