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Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

Approved  |   |  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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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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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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June 1967 (Austria)  »

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Originally made for television in 1966, but released to theaters instead, before being shown on TV because of its violent content.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

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Although there are seven barrels and crates on the stagecoach, John Anderson is able to unload them in the five seconds he is off-screen. See more »

Quotes

Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: Now, you going to have a peace officer. You there!
Deputy Marshal Leo Jenks: Me?
Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: Yeah, you're the only one carrying a gun. You ever kill a man?
Deputy Marshal Leo Jenks: Well, yessir, I reckon I did.
Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: Good. Here pin that on.
[Brown gives Jenks a badge]
Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: You are hereby sworn a Deputy Sheriff. You salary is twenty-five dollars a year, payable next year. Now, you'll take up a collection and build a jail. If you get a serious outlaw that ain't dead, write a letter to the capital and we'll put a circuit judge on ya. So here's the town charter, the ...
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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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21 March 2001 | by (houston,tx) – See all my reviews

This is a gritty and well directed film. Unfortunately, the entire premises strains belief. We are supposed to believe that one man rides into a town and kills people and burns it to the ground while everybody just sits around and watches. In the real world this guy (Aldo Ray) would have been shot down about five minutes after he walked into the saloon. In 19th century America, everyone was armed and would have taken any action needed to protect their lives and property. I thought it was a silly movie when I saw it as a child and it remains silly today.


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