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Hard Times (1975)

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

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Walter Hill

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Walter Hill (screenplay), Bryan Gindoff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Chaney
James Coburn ... Speed
Jill Ireland ... Lucy Simpson
Strother Martin ... Poe
Margaret Blye ... Gayleen Schoonover (as Maggie Blye)
Michael McGuire ... Gandil
Felice Orlandi ... Le Beau
Edward Walsh Edward Walsh ... Pettibon
Bruce Glover ... Doty
Robert Tessier ... Jim Henry
Nick Dimitri ... Street
Frank McRae ... Hammerman
Maurice Kowalewski ... Caesare
Naomi Stevens ... Madam
Lyla Hay Owen Lyla Hay Owen ... Waitress
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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

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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:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Fighter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Bronson's salary on this picture was around $1 million, according to writer-director Walter Hill. See more »

Goofs

While Speed is waiting for Chaney on his balcony, reading the track listings, he is wearing his shirt. The next scene is when he hears the door bell, but he's not wearing his shirt; that is draped over the chair. See more »

Quotes

Speed: I suppose you've been down the long, hard road?
Chaney: Who hasn't?
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Connections

Referenced in Times Square (1980) See more »

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There's a Bright Side Somewhere
(uncredited)
Written by James Cleveland
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The Mysterious Street Fighter
25 May 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

During the Great Depression, the mysterious drifter Chaney (Charles Bronson) befriends the promoter of illegal street fights Speed (James Coburn) and they go to New Orleans to make money fighting on the streets. Speed is welcomed by his mistress Gayleen Schoonover (Maggie Blye) and invites his former partner Poe (Strother Martin) to team-up with them. Meanwhile Chaney has a love affair with the local Lucy Simpson (Jill Ireland). Speed has a huge debt with the dangerous loan shark Doty (Bruce Glover) and borrows money to promote the fight of Chaney and the local champion Jim Henry (Robert Tessier), who is managed by the also promoter (Michael Mcguire). 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?

"Hard Times" is a good film by Walter Hill with the reconstitution of the period of the Great Depression in New Orleans. Charles Bronson and James Coburn have top-notch performances in the role of a mysterious street fighter and a promoter of illegal fights respectively. The character Chaney is not developed and his origins and plans are not disclosed. Did he learn to fight in the prison? The question is not answered and the viewer only knows that he is an outstanding street fighter and loyal friend. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Lutador de Rua" ("Street Fighter")


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