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In the depression, Chaney, a strong silent streetfighter, joins with Speed, a promoter of no-holds-barred street boxing bouts. They go to New Orleans where Speed borrows money to set up fights for Chaney, but Speed gambles away any winnings. Written by
Charles Bronson's Chaney is a man of few words, speaking barely 500 of them in the entire course of the film. See more »
The Illinois Central Railroad boxcar after the last big fight is painted/blacked-out but its logo can still be clearly identified as the 1967-1972 vintage rather than the depression-era of the movie setting. See more »
[Doty and Hammerman smashes Speed's car with a sledge hammer]
What the hell are you doin'! Heeey Doty, come on! Heeey! Nooo! Don't... please!
Is that okay, Doty?
Talk to him.
Mr. Le Beau says he's got some business with you. I don't want no trouble. Just you pay your debts.
[Hammerman smashes the car one last time, and they leave]
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Compare Bronson's fighting style with almost any other fight movie like Kirk Douglas in 'Champion' or Stallone in the 'Rocky' series. Bronson slips and ducks his opponent's punches like a real fighter does, putting as much effort into not getting hit as he does hitting the other guy. Any fighter taking the hits that most movie boxers take would be unconscious or dead in a matter of minutes, and even sluggers like Rocky Marciano and George Frazier were constantly moving, never offering a good target.
This depression era movie is similar in flavor to the Lee Marvin Ernest Borgnine vehicle 'Emperor of The North'. Both movies have unsentimental, tough, taciturn heroes who communicate more with glances and gestures.
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