Charles Bronson, for me is one of Hollywood's classic bad ass actors. Along with greats like Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin and Henry Fonda to name a few, he has carved a niche in cinemas one of the finest tough guy actors ever. By the time he made this movie, Bronson had already assembled an impressive repertoire of films to his name. Film such as The Dirty Dozen, The Mechanic and Death Wish made him one of the best actors. Where does his role as bare knuckle boxer fit in? This is a compelling and well acted movie that relies on a great cast to tell its story. Bronson plays Chaney, the bare knuckle boxer who is hired by Spencer "Speed" Weed, brilliantly played by James Coburn. This is a well crafted film by Alien Screenwriter Walter Hill, who makes film in the director's chair. Bronson fans will certainly enjoy this change of pace, as he has mostly starred in action films. Hard Times is more of a drama. I thought that Bronson brought a unique charm to Cheney, who happens to be a drifter with great fighting skill. The fight scenes are great and well executed, and the cast do a fine job in their performances. Walter Hill is a great director, and he most certainly crafts a great first film with this one. If you love period pieces, then check this one out. With a great cast, and wonderful story, Hard Times is sure to be an entertaining picture that is worth your time. Hard Times delivers something different for fans of Charles Bronson, and if you enjoy a good drama with an engaging story, then this film is a must see. Walter Hill is a director that can create something raw, gritty and in your face, and that is how I would describe this power house movie. Hard Times is one of the best films starring Charles Bronson, and even with the fact that he has made several classics before this, Hard Times is one of of his most defining works in terms of acting and skill.