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Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

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

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

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Drama | Western

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Killer on a Horse  »

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Originally made for television in 1966, but released to theaters instead, before being shown on TV because of its violent content.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

Molly Riordan: [to Blue] You'll never change, will yuh? You'll always be hidin' behind words and a woman's skirt!
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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

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Silent Night
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Composed by Franz Gruber (1859)
Played at Christmastime in tent bar.
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Fonda in a solid adult western
8 September 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of interesting aspects to this above average adult western -- Fonda plays a wimp, Keenan Wynn plays a pimp who operates out of a bible tent, and Ray plays a "badman" who seems to have no motive for his destruction of the town of "Hard Times" (they could've picked a better name, eh?) than pure sadism. In Fonda's quest to prove his manhood and make a stand in Hard Times, a lot of fairly complex human themes come to the fore. Rule plays a believably highstrung Western Woman, bent on teaching her adopted son how to kill because she doesn't think Fonda has the guts.

One of Kennedy's better later westerns before he switched completely to the comedic mode, notable for a solid script based on an interesting story with great character performances throughout.


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