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Hard Times (1975)

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The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gayleen Schoonover (as Maggie Blye)
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Maurice Kowalewski ...
Lyla Hay Owen ...


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 buy much. [Theatrical] See more »


Crime | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

4 September 1975 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Street Fighter  »


Box Office


$2,700,000 (estimated)

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(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to cinematographer Philip H. Lathrop, more than a few difficulties had to be surmounted in order to shoot on actual sets rather than on a soundstage. Lathrop said: "It's a wholly different type of treatment because you're working on actual sets and you have to invent a lot of different things that you need not do in the studio, where you can remove a wall or have lights above on the scaffolds. But it gets done". See more »


When James Coburn is introducing Strother Martin to Charles Bronson, Coburn's arms are hanging loosely by his sides, then the angle changes to face Coburn & his hands are in his pockets. Later in the scene his arms are folded but we never see him fold them. See more »


Speed: [sniffing] You know, Chick, no matter what you do, you'll always smell like fish.
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A Great Motion Picture!
25 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Charles Bronson heads a wonderful cast which includs James Coburn as "Speed", a fast talking, fast moving promoter and Strother Martin, who was studying to be a doctor, but in his third year of medical school, a black cloud appeared on campus, and he left under it. Times were hard when Bronson, a bare knuckle street fighter arrived in New Orleans, with 8 bucks in his pocket, and an undisclosed past. The movie is genuine, with bare knuckle action and drama. I've lived in New Orleans and know the city and it's people. Everyone should see this movie and enjoy the characters as played by the three main stars. When Charles Bronson(Cheney) leaves town in the end, James Coburn (Speed) and Storther Martin look at each other and say "He sure was something". Yes he was and so was this movie..

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