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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.

Director:

Walter Hill

Writers:

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 buy much. [Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Bronson spent the time between camera takes either by sitting off in a corner or turning his nervous energy loose on such feats as flexing his biceps and running up the side of a wall. James Coburn, Strother Martin, and the others would drift over to where some of the technicians were watching football games on a portable television set. Finally, the actors would be gathered together for shooting, and both Bronson and Nick Dimitri were sprayed generously with water to make their fisticuffs look realistically fierce and sweaty. See more »

Goofs

After driving many miles on dirt roads of the bayou, the sedan is covered with dust. After the fight and they leave, Chaney says they should take the back roads to see the sights. The camera shows the beautiful clean and shiny Packard turn left on to a back road headed for Pettibone's bar. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Times Square (1980) See more »

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Exactly Like You
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Written by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields
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Great Bronson flick.
19 December 1998 | by Peach-2See all my reviews

Hard Times is one of Charles Bronson and Walter Hill's best films. This movie is rugged and has a great feel. Bronson looks in great shape in the film and the direction from Hill is terrific. In the genre of street-fighting pictures, this one ranks as one of the best.


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