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Director:
Writers:
Walter Hill (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
4 September 1975 (Netherlands) See more »
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Tagline:
New Orleans, 1933. In those days words didn't say much. [DVD] See more »
Plot:
In the depression, Chaney, a strong silent streetfighter, joins with Speed, a promoter of no-holds-barred street boxing bouts... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Walter Hill 
 
Writing credits
Walter Hill (screenplay) and
Bryan Gindoff (screenplay) &
Bruce Henstell (screenplay)

Bryan Gindoff (story) &
Bruce Henstell (story)

Produced by
Lawrence Gordon .... producer
Fred Lemoine .... associate producer
Paul Maslansky .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon  (as Barry DeVorzon)
 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
 
Film Editing by
Roger Spottiswoode 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Art Direction by
Trevor Williams 
 
Set Decoration by
Dennis W. Peeples 
 
Costume Design by
Jack Bear 
 
Makeup Department
Joe DiBella .... makeup artist (as Joseph Dibella)
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist (as Philip Rhodes)
Joe Torrenueva .... hair designer: men (as 'Little Joe' Torrenueva)
Ferdinand Zoren Veltman .... hair stylist: Miss Ireland
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Fred Lemoine .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... assistant director
Nathan Haggard .... second assistant director (as Nate Haggard)
 
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master (as Allen J. Gordon)
Alex Tavoularis .... sketch artist
James T. Woods .... set painter
David Coleman .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Colgan .... sound editor
Robert Hernandez .... assistant sound editor
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Donald Johnson)
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... special effects
 
Stunts
Max Kleven .... stunt coordinator
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wilbur Kinnett .... gaffer
Calvin A. Maehl .... gaffer
Carl Manoogian .... key grip
 
Editorial Department
Dennis Dolan .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jerry MacDonald .... music editor (as Jerry Mcdonald)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (as Al Sendry)
Eddy Lawrence Manson .... musician: harmonica solos (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
J.W. Coffman .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Ernest Anderson .... publicist (as Ernie Anderson)
Buzz Feitshans .... production executive
Lynda Gordon .... executive producer's secretary
Elaine Gyorke .... assistant to producer
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor
Karen Rasch .... production secretary
Sandy Siegel .... director's secretary
Norman Webster .... location auditor
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Street Fighter" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (video rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: Hard Times) (2000) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
This movie is equally well-known in English speaking territories under two different titles: 'Hard Times' and 'The Streetfighter'.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 1973 date on Boxcar visible. To be accurate all Boxcars would have had roof walks. Removal started in 1968.See more »
Quotes:
Jim Henry:[speed is being held hostage by Gandil's thugs] If things don't work out, who gets to do the job on him?
Card player:We take turns.
Jim Henry:Uh-uh. This time, I get to do it.
Speed:That's right; you ain't won one in a while, have you?
[grins at Jim Henry]
Speed:He really cleaned your clock, didn't he?
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Remade as Sucker Punch (2008)See more »

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The Jazz band- who are they?
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The Original Fight Club? More In-Between, 4 January 2006
Author: Bogmeister from United States

With this, his first directing job, Walter Hill showed his tendency for archetypal characters (see the later "The Driver" - where the characters didn't even have proper names - and, of course, "The Warriors"). Here, Bronson is 'The Fighter'...Coburn is 'The Hustler'...Martin is 'The Addict-Medic'...and so forth. Bronson's final opponent is simply named 'Street' while the big guy who damages The Hustler's automobile with a big hammer is just called 'Hammerman.' They all present striking, impressive figures; you don't easily forget any of them. They stride or shuffle through a page of history, in this case Depression-era New Orleans, nicely atmospheric as shown here. Times are hard. People need to be hard, as well. One way to make good money is in pick up fights, street fights in warehouses, on docks or, in one case of rich atmosphere, in the bayou.

Chaney, aka The Fighter, as played by Bronson, true to director Hill's method of archetypes, first appears on a slow moving train from places unknown. We never learn anything of his past history, even though there's about 50 years worth there. We learn only of his incredible hitting ability in the current time frame of the story's progression. In a way, Bronson was born to play this role: he's certainly not a young man here but he looks so tough we have no trouble believing he can wipe out men 20 years his junior. With the archetype of The Fighter, the story plays out like some Depression times fable, the tale of a mystery man or warrior arrived in a city to astonish all the onlookers with his formidable fighting abilities. The fights themselves are quite memorable; the viewer has the good fortune to witness these with the shouting hordes of betting men from the safety of a couch at home. We're a part of the spectacle, a guilty participant in a brutal spectator sport, a much more gritty version of modern boxing, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

The rest of the cast is super: Coburn was never better as Speed 'The Hustler' and Chaney's front-man/manager. It's mostly through him that we hear all the phrases and quips common to those places & times, and Coburn delivers them all with a gusto & panache few are capable of. You really believe he was born as the 19th century was ending, grew up in the twenties and adjusted to the Depression accordingly. You'll always remember his retorts to the bayou residents and his last insult about fish to Gandil, the bigshot. Speed and Chaney need each other and their relationship is another strong point; Speed is all about the money, sure, but you sense he has a strong admiration for Bronson's power and quiet nobility (this is confirmed at the end). As Poe, Strother Martin created & added another indelible character to the long list on his resume. Other actors would've been saddled with some of the odd dialog he has to deliver, but he just breezes through it like a song. Glover (Crispin's dad) is also very good as a loan shark, as is McGuire as the rich Gandil. Mention should also be made of the top two fighters (Tessier & Dimitri). The film needed characters who could pose a threat to Chaney and these two looked just as tough. Now if only Chaney would explain more about those 'in-betweens'... but he doesn't say much.

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