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Hard Times (1975)

PG | | Crime, Drama, Sport | 1975 (UK)
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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. [Theatrical] See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sport

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1975 (UK)  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,000,000 (USA)
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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Walter Hill thought the project could become more "up market" if he made it more like a Western and set it in the past; Lawrence Gordon was from New Orleans and suggested setting it in that city. Hill says the script incorporated elements of an earlier Western he had written, Lloyd Williams and his Brother. He wrote it in a style inspired by Alex Jacobs - "extremely spare, almost Haiku style. Both stage directions and dialogue." See more »

Goofs

When Bronson starts shooting up Pettibons place he uses his left hand - cut - and he uses his right hand at the end of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Jim Henry: I want to have a long talk with anybody bettin' against me.
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Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: The Sting (1997) See more »

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Hard Time Blues
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Written by Julius Farmer, Alfred Roberts, Percy Randolph & Ed Stanall
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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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