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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. [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

The film's production notes state that the seamy side of contemporary New Orleans was not glossed over, but rather celebrated in a bordello sequence shot in the city's Jackson Street. Naturally enough, the residence was not really used for such goings-on, although one crew member allegedly claimed that "about 80% of the girls employed as atmosphere extras were the genuine article". The press kite goes on to say "interiors, by the way, were shot elsewhere and it would not be fair to reveal where". See more »

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Not only are the heralds seen painted on the boxcars from the 1960's, the boxcars, themselves, are of a design type dating from the 1950's and later. See more »

Quotes

Poe: [after the dispute with the Cajuns] A sorry spectacle, a poor example of Southern sportsmanship.
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Referenced in Men Behaving Badly: The Sting (1997) See more »

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Exactly Like You
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Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
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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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