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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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Killer on a Horse  »

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Originally made for television in 1966, but released to theaters instead, before being shown on TV because of its violent content.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

Goofs

Mayor Blue points to his diagonal right to where the miners are riding into town and Zar looks over his left shoulder in that direction. His "ladies" then look and start to wave though they are looking about 90 degrees off. They should be looking to their right, but are looking and waving straight ahead. 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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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

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Little Brown Jug
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Composed by Joseph Winner (1869)
Played in tent bar.
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Henry Fonda having a hard time
15 January 2002 | by (Solvesborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The title of this flick and town, where it is all happening, says it all. I don't know how serious one is to take it all considering how the people (incredibly pacifistic) act when a man rides into this small society and start taking lives, but I thought it was great and Fonda as usual convincing as the 'sheriff' (or Mayor) of Hard Times.

It all starts with Aldo Ray (as Man from Bodie) riding into town a dark and windy night and things take off from there.

I like Warren Oates as Deputy Marshal Leo Jenks, Denver Pyle as stage driver and Keenan Wynn as Zar. The story is also very unusual but great and the loneliness of the people is remarkable. Isolated but for the stage coach coming into town twice a month or so. Recommended to all who likes to see an unusual western with struggling people and their lives in the American desert in the 1800th century.


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