Hard Times
Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

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A surprisingly arresting and tight film about illegal bare-knuckle fighting in Depression era New Orleans. Rather than open up the story with the type of pretentious moralising that bedevils the majority of American sporting and gambling films, this utilizes Bronson's limited range to produce a laconic, unemotional, almost Oriental celebration of the mythic fighting hero. Strong supporting performances, good locations, and well-staged fights contribute to what is an impressive example of how to assemble this kind of material.
CPe, Time Out, London

tags: Action, Violence, Feature film

Cast: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, Margaret Blye

Credits

Screenplay: Walter Hill, Bryan Gindoff, Bruce Henstell

Director of Photography: Philip H. Lathrop

Film Editor: Roger Spottiswoode

Composer: Barry De Vorzon

Costume Design: Jack Bear

Producer: Lawrence Gordon

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corporation

World Sales: Park Circus Ltd.

Director: Walter Hill