7.3/10
7,933
99 user 54 critic

Hard Times (1975)

Trailer
2:22 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Driver (1978)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A getaway driver becomes the latest assignment for a tenacious detective.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Adjani
The Mechanic (1972)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An aging hitman befriends a young man who wants to be a professional killer. Eventually it becomes clear that someone has betrayed them.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Keenan Wynn
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward
Mr. Majestyk (1974)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A melon farmer battles organized crime and a hit man who wants to kill him.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Charles Bronson, Linda Cristal, Al Lettieri
Death Hunt (1981)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1931 Canada, Yukon trapper Johnson has a feud with a dog owner who later retaliates by publicly accusing Johnson of murder and thus triggering a police manhunt in the wilderness.

Director: Peter R. Hunt
Stars: Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Andrew Stevens
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Texas Ranger and a ruthless narcotics kingpin - they were childhood friends, now they are adversaries...

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Nick Nolte, Powers Boothe, Michael Ironside
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the Jesse James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid
Breakout (1975)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A bush pilot is hired for fifty thousand dollars to go to Mexico to free an innocent prisoner.

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Charles Bronson, Robert Duvall, Jill Ireland
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A top New York detective is sent to Los Angeles where he must solve a case involving an old Sicilian Mafia family feud.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Jack Colvin
Mystery | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

John Deakin is being transported, as a prisoner, on a train with supplies and medicine to Fort Humboldt, Nevada.

Director: Tom Gries
Stars: Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson, Richard Crenna
Chato's Land (1972)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1870s New Mexico, a half-breed kills a bigoted sheriff in self-defense but the posse that eventually hunts him finds itself in dangerous territory.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill
Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chaney
... Speed
... Lucy Simpson
... Poe
... Gayleen Schoonover (as Maggie Blye)
... Gandil
... Le Beau
Edward Walsh ... Pettibon
... Doty
... Jim Henry
... Street
... Hammerman
... Caesare
... Madam
Lyla Hay Owen ... Waitress
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

New Orleans, 1933. In those days words didn't say much. [DVD] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 September 1975 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Street Fighter  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a 2006 interview director Walter Hill mentioned that he had been critical of the performance of Jill Ireland, who was Charles Bronson's wife at the time. When Hill went to Bronson's home to discuss this, Bronson wouldn't shake Hill's hand - he just showed Hill in and poured him a drink. Hill said that he would have liked to work with Bronson on other films, but that Bronson refused to work with Hill again. See more »

Goofs

Cheney rides into town at the beginning of the film on a train pulled by a diesel electric locomotive that did no exist at the time the film is set. Later Speed and Cheney ride back to New Orleans on a steam train that would be correct for the time. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Omen Legacy (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Exactly Like You
(uncredited)
Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Just perfect !! Why don't they make 'em like this anymore ??
14 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Just a few days ago I saw HARD TIMES again, after I had seen it already twice some 10 to 20 years down the road. I did remember that I liked it a lot then, but I was not prepared to see how great it actually is! This is one of the movies that gets better with every viewing (liek THE OUTFIT with Bob Duvall)!! Glorious, just perfect and that in EVERY DEPARTMENT!! The OPENING SCENE is so beautiful, it makes you fall on your knees! A long shot of a slowly arriving train in beautifully landscape and run-down buildings of New Orleans, SUPERBLY shot in first rare camera-work, THE MAN standing framed in the door of one of the trains' wagons, the music (and what music, DeVORZONs probably best score, still unreleased = a shame!) starting slowly and you immediately realize here's a drifter, a taciturn MAN arriving in town. Charlie looks sad, run down, tired, WITHOUT mustache, not having had much luck in live. These are just the first 3 or 4 minutes, but one probably never will forget them. GREAT! Like many of the directors, who started their work in the 70ies, Walter HILL is no exception to the "rule", that most of them (if not all of them) made their BEST picture within their first 3 movies released (Carpenter: ASSAULT, Spielberg: DUEL & SUGARLAND EXPRESS, Coppola: THE CONVERSATION, M. Ritchie: PRIME CUT, John Boorman: POINT BLANK, ...): Wlater HILL made HARD TIMES as his debut and although he made some nice pictures later-on, none of his later pictures (the DRIVER, which is # 2 included) could beat HARD TIMES. It's - like EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE - a really beautifully shot study of depression-era America.

Bronson's muscles are - THE MAN being in his mid-50ies then !! - just unbelievable, slim, trim, knock-out hard, every ounce hardened flesh (check out CHATO'S LAND, too!), his acting is 100% on target (he does not look "bored", how some stupid critics wrote, but the way unlucky-in-life depression-era people would most likely look: sad), he is the ideal man for this role, and that just a year after he made DEATH WISH, which proves he was not out for an easy follow-up movie and certainly far away from getting as type-cast as Golan & Globus made him from Death Wish II (1982) onwards (sigh & weep).

JAMES COBURN is great, too, maybe slightly overdoing his sleaziness, but great nevertheless. Jill Ireland has her usual bit-part, she's fine & OK, but not outstanding, whereas nearly all the other character parts are just that: outstanding! Nobody plays himself into the foreground, but everybody fits his part 100%. You'll hardly find any other movie, where the whole cast is as great as in this one.

The STORY is simple but true! I just can't stand those fancy elaborated twist-here twist-there stories , straight forward simple but high-crafted storytelling, one of THE craftsmanship's of US cinema in the 40ies to 60ies (Ford, Mann, Huston) is brought here to another peak! The Camera-work is outstanding, too,a s is Barry DEVORZON's superb bluegrass/jazz/hillbilly score (release it, please!), which is probably just half an hour of music, but certainly deserved a full or at least half-CD release.

In short: BREATHTAKING and certainly one of Charlies best movies of the 70ies (when he made all of his best movies), truly at the same level as MECHANIC & CHATO'S LAND, beating (a little) BREAKOUT and MR. MAJESTYC.

10 out of 10! Go and see yourself!


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 99 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed