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Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

 -  Drama | Western  -  June 1967 (Austria)
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A sociopathic stranger all but destroys a small hardscrabble town but the 'mayor' convinces its survivors to stay and rebuild.

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Cast

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Mayor Will Blue
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Molly Riordan
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Zar
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Adah
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Ezra Maple / Isaac Maple
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Leo Jenks
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Jessie
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Brown
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Man from Bodie
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Alfie - Stage Driver
Michael Shea ...
Jimmy Fee
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Mae
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Avery (as Lon Chaney)
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John Bear
Alan Baxter ...
Jack Millay
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Storyline

In the town of Hard Times, a stranger rides in and terrorizes the small settlement. He kills a number of townsfolk, including Fee, the town's founder. Mayor Will Blue fails to stand up to the man, who rapes saloon whore Molly and burns down the town. Blue promises to rebuild the town after the stranger rides on, but the townsfolk give up and leave. A wagon load of prostitutes led by "entrepeneur" Zar shows up and together with Blue, they rebuild the town. But Molly's desire for revenge and her anger at Blue for not protecting her eat at her, and Blue promises that things will be different when the stranger returns. And return he does. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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mayor | saloon | revenge | rape | prostitute | See more »

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A town can be killed by a bullet...just like a man! See more »

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Drama | Western

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June 1967 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Mordbrenner von Arkansas  »

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Trivia

Originally made for television in 1966, but released to theaters instead, before being shown on TV because of its violent content. See more »

Goofs

The first time the miners visit Hard Times (in the movie) there is a scene where one of Zar's girls is dancing on a table with several miners standing around her. In a later scene (at a later date in the movie time frame) the same girl is dancing on the the table with the same men around her in the exact same order of being next to each other. See more »

Quotes

Zar, Whiskey & Girls: Ghost towns always have names full of promise. You better not let that happen when they name our town.
Mayor Will Blue: We'll call it what we always called it - Hard Times.
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Connections

Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

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Little Brown Jug
(uncredited)
Composed by Joseph Winner (1869)
Played in tent bar.
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The western at its worst.
2 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Awful dusters like this are the key reason so many people hate the genre. It's the cheapest pulp imaginable ... manna for the addicted, but utterly unpalatable for the rest of us who expect intelligent story-telling in whatever kind of movie we may choose to watch. In this tiny town -- and really that's being charitable; hamlet is more appropriate -- there are but a handful of inhabitants and only three apparent businesses (saloon, store, and undertaker), no court or jail, no regular transportation services, no communications, no government offices of any kind, no mayor, and no law enforcement, yet a busily occupied lawyer? The citizens - despite possessing a good cache of weapons - come out to the street and stand around helplessly as a drunken psychopath goes on a slow and relaxed killing rampage interspersed with ample rest periods and ample opportunities for him to be ambushed. If you have an IQ in three digits and expect a plausible story, don't waste even a moment of your time on this piece of rubbish.


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