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Hard Times -- Charles Bronson plays the part of a drifter, a loner, and a man who speaks soft and hits hard, in Walter Hill's HARD TIMES...

The American action auteur Walter Hill made a magnificent debut with this pulp triumph, featuring evocative period atmosphere and sterling performances from Charles Bronson and James Coburn.
 
Bronson plays a drifter suddenly caught up in the fight game during the Great Depression. Chaney, a down-on-his-luck loner, hops a freight train to New Orleans where, on the seedier side of town, he tries to make some quick money the only way he knows how - with his fists. Chaney approaches a hustler named Speed (James Coburn) and convinces him that he can win big money for them both.
 
Gritty, vivid and engrossing, the Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this 1970s gem, available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, and presented from a new 4K restoration, in a new Dual-Format edition.

Available to order now http://amzn.to/2lfduub
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Director:
Writers:
Walter Hill (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
1975 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
New Orleans, 1933. In those days words didn't say much. [DVD] See more »
Plot:
The adventures of a drifter turned illegal prize-fighter during the Depression Era in New Orleans. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A truly great movie. See more (97 total) »

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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 .... hairstylist: Miss Ireland
Vivienne Walker .... hairstylist
 
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 .... rerecording
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 the 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), USA (working title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (video rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1986) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #24270) | West Germany:16

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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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The Illinois Central Railroad boxcar after the last big fight is painted/blacked-out but its logo can still be clearly identified as the 1967-1972 vintage rather than the depression-era of the movie setting.See more »
Quotes:
Chaney:[disarming Pettibon's thug] Now I have the gun.
Pettibon:I don't think you want to use it.
Chaney:[pistol whips Pettibon] That's one way, want to see another?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in BachelorMan (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Lafite Two-StepSee more »

FAQ

The Jazz band- who are they?
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59 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
A truly great movie., 18 March 2005
Author: dbush67565 from United States

This is one of my favorite films. There is a quality about it that touches the soul. Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Strother Martin are superb. Coburn is the character. The story is great, the acting is great and the music is great, particularly the closing piece of blue grass. I saw Hard Times when it first came out and it never left me. I'm not even sure why. Perhaps because all the characters, even the antagonists are depicted as real humans and not caricatures. For example, the loan sharks mean business but aren't bloodthirsty. They want their money and do what they have to to collect. Interestingly they seem genuinely pleased with the resolution of their problem. Even the film's "heavy" has the decency to pay due homage to the skill of his nemesis. And once business is concluded personal relationships are renewed. In my mind this is a true classic.

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