Hard Times

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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...
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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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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Walter Hill's first outing in the director's chair is also arguably his best, in this near-mythic tale of a bare-knuckle boxer trying to survive during the Depression. Charles Bronson, in what is also his best role, plays the aging fighter who arrives in New Orleans looking as though he's already absorbed a few thousand punches. Possibly the only film in which Bronson has a good backstory to explain that remarkable face, it's the perfect marriage of a timelessly archetypal character with the condensed history of a desperate time. Bronson, who was 54 when he did the film, plays a fighter who uses his age to sucker unwitting gamblers into betting against him. Something of a Zen warrior, he keeps talk to a minimum, wanting only to fight and get paid. The film's deliberate pace allows one to appreciate the small details of his bone-crunching life, as well as the marvelously atmospheric city of New Orleans, which is a more important character than anyone but the protagonist. Cinematographer Philip Lathrop, who had previously shot the city in The Cincinnati Kid 1966, uses minimal lighting to give the film a subdued, slightly sinister feel. While as good as usual, James Coburn and Strother Martin are less characters here than elements of the local color.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/1999
  • UPC: 043396030633
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Bronson Chaney
James Coburn Spencer "Speed" Weed
Jill Ireland Luby Simpson
Strother Martin Poe
Michael McGuire Gandil
Robert Tessier Jim Henry
Nick Dimitri Street
Felice Orlandi Le Beau
Edward Walsh Pettibon
Maurice Kowalewski Caesare
Larry Martindale Driver
Margaret Blye Gayleen Schoonover
Bruce Glover Doty
Frank McRae Hammerman
Naomi Stevens Madam
Lyla Kay Owen Diner waitress
Robert Castleberry Counterman
Fred Lerner Caesare's hitter
Jim Nickerson Barge fighter
Chuck Hicks Speed's hitter
Walter Scott Poolplayer
Max Kleven Poolplayer
Bob Minor Zack
Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director, Screenwriter
Jack Bear Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Daves Asst. Director
Bryan Gindorff Original Story, Screenwriter
Lawrence Gordon Producer
Bruce Henstell Original Story, Screenwriter
Don Johnson Sound/Sound Designer
Max Kleven Stunts
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Paul Maslansky Producer
Dennis Peeples Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Piantadosi Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Spottiswoode Editor
Barry De Vorzon Score Composer
Trevor Williams Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Possibly the Best Bare Knuckle Fight Movie of All Time!!!!!!!!!!

    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).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hard Times

    Great movie!! Last fight in the movie is the best ... between Charles and the Sexy guy in the leather coat!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bronson's Best

    Bronson's two best movies were Death Wish I and Hard Times. They fit him perfectly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hard Times a winner

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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