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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:

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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 his hand--he just showed Hill in and poured him a drink. Hill said that he would have liked to have worked with Bronson on other films, but that Bronson refused to work with Hill again. 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

Speed: [sniffing] You know, Chick, no matter what you do, you'll always smell like fish.
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Lafite Two-Step
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Written by Allen Fontenoy
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Some of the best fight scenes
31 March 2005 | by louis-kingSee all my reviews

Great role for Bronson.

Compare Bronson's fighting style with almost any other fight movie like Kirk Douglas in 'Champion' or Stallone in the 'Rocky' series. Bronson slips and ducks his opponent's punches like a real fighter does, putting as much effort into not getting hit as he does hitting the other guy. Any fighter taking the hits that most movie boxers take would be unconscious or dead in a matter of minutes, and even sluggers like Rocky Marciano and George Frazier were constantly moving, never offering a good target.

This depression era movie is similar in flavor to the Lee Marvin Ernest Borgnine vehicle 'Emperor of The North'. Both movies have unsentimental, tough, taciturn heroes who communicate more with glances and gestures.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

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Street Fighter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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