Hard TimesDirector: Walter Hill, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland
Also known as The Streetfighter, Hard Times stars Charles Bronson as Chaney, an aging bare-knuckle boxer, trying to scratch out a living in the middle of the Depression. "Speed" (James Coburn) is the two-bit promoter who books Chaney in the tank towns of the South and Midwest. He is briefly reinvigorated by an affair with the lovely Lucy (Jill Ireland, Mrs. Bronson in real life), but it's back to the seedy realm before too long. Hard Times represented the directorial debut of Walter Hill, who even at this early stage demonstrated the gritty verisimilitude that he'd bring to such future projects as The Warriors (1979) and 48 Hrs. (1984).
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Cast & Crew
|James Coburn||Spencer "Speed" Weed|
|Jill Ireland||Luby Simpson|
|Robert Tessier||Jim Henry|
|Felice Orlandi||Le Beau|
|Margaret Blye||Gayleen Schoonover|
|Lyla Kay Owen||Diner waitress|
|Fred Lerner||Caesare's hitter|
|Jim Nickerson||Barge fighter|
|Chuck Hicks||Speed's hitter|
|Jack Bear||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Michael Daves||Asst. Director|
|Bryan Gindorff||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Bruce Henstell||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Don Johnson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Philip H. Lathrop||Cinematographer|
|Dennis Peeples||Set Decoration/Design|
|Arthur Piantadosi||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Barry De Vorzon||Score Composer|
|Trevor Williams||Art Director|
1. Chapter 1 [10:44]
2. Chapter 2 [8:47]
3. Chapter 3 [10:20]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [9:26]
6. Chapter 6 [9:53]
7. Chapter 7 [9:57]
8. Chapter 8 [10:09]
9. Chapter 9 [14:02]
Hard Times: Chapters
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This movie has it all...the pain and suffering from the depression, loneliness, the addictions of the characters, the feeling hope and even the thrill of victory, yet the victory is just surviving in those troubled times. The hero(Chaney) even though he doesn't have much, he is a person who cares. He gives up a lot of what he has earned to take care of his friends and takes only what he needs. Even the guitar instrumental at the end of the movie lends a poignant touch to the story. Charles Bronson(Chaney) is definitely in his prime and possibly at his best. He has a superb supporting cast in James Coburn(Speed), Strother Martin(Poe), and Jill Ireland(Lucy).
A ''guy-film'' par excellance. Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and Strother Martin achieved their acting potentials in this fast-action boxing movie. Jill Ireland and the other actors filled in their roles perfectly. This is the one I watch every few months, just to give me that raw, bare-knuckles excitement fix I need from time to time. This one could've been better, but I don't know how. A must-have in DVD for my collection.
Great movie!! Last fight in the movie is the best ... between Charles and the Sexy guy in the leather coat!!!
Bronson's two best movies were Death Wish I and Hard Times. They fit him perfectly.