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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 ... See full summary »

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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 Will Gilbert

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New Orleans, 1933. In those days words didn't say much. [DVD] See more »

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Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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4 September 1975 (Netherlands)  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Charles Bronson did most of his own stunts on this picture. See more »

Goofs

Cheney rides into town at the beginning of the film on a train pulled by a diesel electric locomotive that did no exist at the time the film is set. Later Speed and Cheney ride back to New Orleans on a steam train that would be correct for the time. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Simpson: What does it feel like to knock somebody down?
Chaney: It makes me feel a hell of a lot better than it does him.
Lucy Simpson: That's a reason?
Chaney: Hey, there's no reason about it. Just money.
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Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: The Sting (1997) See more »

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Bronson's best
29 June 2002 | by (Charlotte North By God Carolina) – See all my reviews

No question about that. Great period piece with fantastic action fight scenes and terrific finale. James Coburn is beautiful as an incredibly sleezy frontman for Bronson's stoic warrior. The only downside to this film is Bronson's fanatical obsession with employing his wife, Jill Ireland, in some elevated role in which she typically doesn't belong. A very tiresome habit and a major distraction in this movie, otherwise flawless. 9/10


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