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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

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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

The steamboat seen in the movie was the 'Mark Twain'. The sequence where it was filmed was shot in Cajun County, Louisiana (near Lafitte). 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

Speed: [making a toast] To the best man I know. To the Napoleon of southern sports: me.
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A truly great movie.
18 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite films. There is a quality about it that touches the soul. Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Strother Martin are superb. Coburn is the character. The story is great, the acting is great and the music is great, particularly the closing piece of blue grass. I saw Hard Times when it first came out and it never left me. I'm not even sure why. Perhaps because all the characters, even the antagonists are depicted as real humans and not caricatures. For example, the loan sharks mean business but aren't bloodthirsty. They want their money and do what they have to to collect. Interestingly they seem genuinely pleased with the resolution of their problem. Even the film's "heavy" has the decency to pay due homage to the skill of his nemesis. And once business is concluded personal relationships are renewed. In my mind this is a true classic.


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