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
In the final fight scene between Bronson (Chaney) and Dimitri (Street), fight choreography markings can be plainly seen drawn in yellow chalk across the warehouse floor. See more »
This has come as quite a setback for us; it was too easy.
Ain't nothin' in the rules about *easy*, Mr. Pettibon.
[putting on his shirt]
What's wrong, Mr. Chaney, is that you're too good. You're a ringer, Mr. Chaney.
Dammit, my man won fair and square; give us our money, goddammit!
[noticing several Cajuns walking up behind Pettibon]
Steady on, Speed. These boys are not refined.
[notices one of the Cajuns has a pistol]
Somebody always brings a gun.
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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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