The Harder They Fall

1956

The Harder They Fall

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This offering is one of the finest boxing films ever made, following a sportswriter who suffers a number of moral dilemmas as he agrees to promote a fixed fight. As the fight draws near, he realizes how the prize-fighting industry exploits their athletes.

Cast

Humphrey Bogart
as Eddie Willis
Rod Steiger
as Nick Benko
Jan Sterling
as Beth Willis
Edward Andrews
as Jim Weyerhause
Mike Lane
as Toro Moreno
Max Baer Jr.
as Buddy Brannen
Harold J. Stone
as Art Leavitt
Carlos Montalban
as Luis Agrandi
Felice Orlandi
as Vince Fawcett
Rusty Lane
as Danny McKeogh
Val Avery
as Frank
Pat Comiskey
as Gus Dundee
Matt Murphy
as Sailor Rigazzo
Abel Fernandez
as Chief Firebird
J. Lewis Smith
as Brannen's Manager
Everett Glass
as Minister
Lilian Carver
as Mrs. Harding
Jack Daly
as Reporter
Don Kohler
as Reporter
Ralph Gamble
as Reporter
Lillian Culver
as Mrs Harding
Mark Scott
as Reporter
Russ Whiteman
as Reporter
Mort Mills
as Reporter
Stafford Repp
as Reporter
Sandy Sanders
as Reporter
Emily Belser
as Reporter
Joe Herrera
as Referee
Diana Mumby
as Vince's Girlfriend
Elaine Edwards
as Vince's Girlfriend
Tina Carver
as Mrs. Benko
Anthony Blankley
as Nick's Child
Penny Carpenter
as Nick's Child
Tony Blankley
as Benko's Son
Joe Greb
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Harder They Fall

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  • This hard-punching boxing-business picture... comes out swinging from the very beginning and doesn't stop until just before the end.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Honored as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute, the late iconic Humphrey Bogart is now similarly memorialized with the re-release of this screen classic compilation.

    Dec 25, 2011 | Full Review…
  • In this noir sports melodrama, which is his final screen role, Bogart gives a powerful performance.

    Jul 5, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • O último filme de Bogie traz o veterano em mais uma ótima atuação (ainda que Steiger quase roube o show) e é suficientemente ambicioso, ainda que um tanto maniqueísta. ... uma pena, também, que as lutas sejam tão mal encenadas.

    Nov 23, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • Fairly gritty and potent for its time, director Mark Robson (The Seventh Victim) delivers some terrifically brutal fight footage.

    Apr 11, 2005 | Full Review…
  • The unwell Bogie's last film is not a knockout, but his hard-hitting performance is terrific.

    Dec 16, 2004 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Harder They Fall

  • Nov 08, 2012
    bogie is great in his last film role as a reporter turned press agent in this fine boxing expose, a thinly veiled account of the career of mob boxer primo carnera who tried unsuccessfully to sue the producers. bogie was sick and some of his dialogue had to be dubbed but u can't even tell
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2011
    Bogart's last film has many flaws, but his performance is so great, it makes this a memorable film.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2010
    Bogie goes out with a bang! He was dying of cancer while making this film and his intensity never wanes. Very enjoyable film about a gambler(Steiger) and a down and out sports writer (Bogie) hyping a bum of a boxer all the way to the title. The boxing scenes are not very convincing, but the acting and story makes you not care. Bogie is good as always, but this film belongs to Steiger. Steiger has become one of my favorite character actors in recent years and he is in top form in this film. If you like Hump and Rod then this is a must see!
    cody f Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2007
    Worth watching for Bogart alone.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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