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Hard Times (1975) Poster

(1975)

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Speed: I suppose you've been down the long, hard road?

Chaney: Who hasn't?

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Speed: Every town had somebody who thinks he's tough as a nickel steak; but, they all come to old Speed for the do-re-mi.

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Jim Henry: I want to have a long talk with anybody bettin' against me.

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Poe: [after the dispute with the Cajuns] A sorry spectacle, a poor example of Southern sportsmanship.

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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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Speed: [sniffing] You know, Chick, no matter what you do, you'll always smell like fish.

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Gayleen Schoonover: [leaving the fight with the Cajuns] Come all this way to lose all of our money. Just breaks my heart.

Speed: Breaks my butt is what it breaks!

Chaney: Let's drive around the back country roads.

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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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Speed: Chaney, I'd like you to meet my old friend Poe. He'll fix up your cuts, bruises - all sorts of good things.

Poe: I have two years of medical school to recommend me.

Chaney: Two years doesn't make a doctor.

Poe: Well, in my third year of studies a small black cloud appeared on campus; I left under it.

Speed: What he's trying to say is that he's a dyed-in-wool hophead.

Poe: I have a weakness for opium.

Chaney: That's a habit that's hard to quit.

Poe: Some are born to fail, others have it thrust upon them. Could I see your hands?

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Speed: Well, you know Chick, like old momma said, next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing.

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Speed: [making a toast] To the best man I know. To the Napoleon of southern sports: me.

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Lucy Simpson: What does it feel like to knock somebody down?

Chaney: It makes me feel a hell of a lot better than it does him.

Lucy Simpson: That's a reason?

Chaney: Hey, there's no reason about it. Just money.

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Chick Gandil: There's no point in avoiding this thing, you know; it's going to happen.

Street: He's right.

Chaney: You want it that much?

Street: I'm getting paid.

[Chaney turns away and goes back to his beer]

Street: I can always reach over and start things right now.

Chaney: [takes a swig of beer without looking at Street] Yeah, but you won't.

Street: You don't think so?

[Chaney finishes his beer and walks past Street to leave]

Chaney: You're not going to do it for free.

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[Doty and Hammerman smashes Speed's car with a sledge hammer]

Speed: What the hell are you doin'! Heeey Doty, come on! Heeey! Nooo! Don't... please!

Hammerman: Is that okay, Doty?

Doty: Talk to him.

Hammerman: Mr. Le Beau says he's got some business with you. I don't want no trouble. Just you pay your debts.

Speed: Uh-huh.

Hammerman: Okay Mister.

[Hammerman smashes the car one last time, and they leave]

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Pettibon: This has come as quite a setback for us; it was too easy.

Speed: Ain't nothin' in the rules about *easy*, Mr. Pettibon.

Chaney: [putting on his shirt] Anything wrong?

Pettibon: What's wrong, Mr. Chaney, is that you're too good. You're a ringer, Mr. Chaney.

Speed: Dammit, my man won fair and square; give us our money, goddammit!

Poe: [noticing several Cajuns walking up behind Pettibon] Steady on, Speed. These boys are not refined.

[notices one of the Cajuns has a pistol]

Poe: Somebody always brings a gun.

Speed: [being pulled toward the car by Poe and Gayleen] Oh, yeah! Well, the next time I come to this coonass place, I'm goin' to bring a gun!

Pettibon: [laughing] You do that, Speed; just make sure it's a great big one.

[to his men]

Pettibon: That's how it's done.

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