Hard Times Reviews
I'm glad I watched this great 1975 film that I had never heard of to be honest.
In the year that perhaps launched director Steven Spielberg to the cinema premier league with Jaws. The director of Hard Times, Walter Hill was also a debutant in directing.
The film is set in depression era 1930s New Orleans, US and follows the story of a drifter Chaney (Bronson) entering the city via a goods train and rising up the underground bare knuckle streetfighting fraternity.
Amongst the fighting a secondary character, a hustler called Speed (played by another Great Escape veteran James Coburn is also featured.)
Featuring great cinematography of the period setting and New Orleans location the film has several memorable scenes.
As well as director Walter Hill I noticed the editor as Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies).
Barry DeVorzon's finest piece opens up the film as we see Bronson riding a boxcar into town.
Together they form the 1 - 2 of depression era underground fighting complete with gambling and easy come easy go money.
For a film from 1975, Hard Times has some really good fight scenes. Sure there are a few fake looking punches thrown but for the most part, this film truly delivers on classic bare knuckle brawling.
Easily recommended for fans of fisticuffs and period pictures. Doesn't hurt that it takes place in New Orleans either.
also stars Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, Michael McGuire, Robert Tessier, Nick Dimitri, Felice Orlandi and Ed Walsh.
directed by Walter Hill.
Just think about his other films like The Driver, 48 Hrs and The Long Riders for instance. This film really isn't all that different from The Driver at all. The protagonist has a different occupation, but the films are very much alike. The actual fighting was pretty solid for it's time, and the supporting cast does what they're supposed to do, but both James Coburn and Strother Martin have had more meaty roles in their careers. But it's a pretty good movie overall.