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Hard Times (1975)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Sport | 1975 (UK)
The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.

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During the Great Depression, the mysterious drifter Chaney befriends the promoter of illegal street fights Speed and they go to New Orleans to make money fighting on the streets. Speed is welcomed by his mistress Gayleen Schoonoverand invites his former partner Poe to team-up with them. Meanwhile Chaney has a love affair with the local Lucy Simpson. Speed has a huge debt with the dangerous loan shark Doty and borrows money to promote the fight of Chaney and the local champion Jim Henry, who is managed by the also promoter. Casey wins the fight, they make a lot of money but Speed is an addicted gambler and loses his share in the dice table. But Doty wants his money back and Speed's only chance is Chaney accepts to bet his own money that he is saving and fight a winner that Gandil brought from Chicago. Will he accept the challenge? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

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$5,000,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Debut film as a director of then screen-writer Walter Hill. See more »

Goofs

There's an air conditioning window unit on one of the buildings at the beginning of the movie as the train pulls into the industrial area. 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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There's a Bright Side Somewhere
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Written by James Cleveland
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Some of the best fight scenes
31 March 2005 | by (Watertown, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

Great role for Bronson.

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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