#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – During the Great Depression, the mysterious drifter Chaney befriends the promoter of illegal street fights Speed and they go to New Orleans to make money fighting on the streets. Speed is welcomed by his mistress Gayleen Schoonoverand invites his former partner Poe to team-up with them. Meanwhile Chaney has a love affair with the local Lucy Simpson. Speed has a huge debt with the dangerous loan shark Doty and borrows money to promote the fight of Chaney and the local champion Jim Henry, who is managed by the also promoter. Casey wins the fight, they make a lot of money but Speed is an addicted gambler and loses his share in the dice table. But Doty wants his money back and Speed’s only chance is Chaney accepts to bet his own money that he is saving and fight a winner that Gandil brought from Chicago. Will he accept the challenge?
Plot: In the depression, Chaney, a strong silent streetfighter, joins with Speed, a promoter of no-holds-barred street boxing bouts. They go to New Orleans where Speed borrows money to set up fights for Chaney, but Speed gambles away any winnings.
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Another great Walter Hill film with a strong cast. Bronson, Coburn, and Martin are all favorites of mine. A depression-era street fighter hooks up with a compulsive gambler and a morphine addict. I’ve watched it multiple times over it’s 40 plus year life. It’s worth your time…
You’re not going to do it for free.
Hard Times sees Charles Bronson play Chaney, a drifter who travels to Louisiana during the Great Depression and begins competing in illegal bare-knuckled boxing matches that are set up by his new found partner Spencer ‘Speed’ Weed (James Coburn). Directed by Walter Hill on his directorial debut & produced by Lawrence Gordon, the film also stars Jill Ireland, Strother Martin, Margaret Blye, Michael McGuire & Robert Tessier.
Hard Times, if you pardon the pun, pulls no punches, it’s tightly scripted (Walter Hill in conjunction with Bryan Gindoff & Bruce Henstell) and thankfully doesn’t get moralistic and didactic on the depression and hard times era in general. This features tough men earning a living, the respect is there, but it is brutal, with the violence on show very effective. It may be too strong for some, but Hill has pulled it together astutely to make sure we know these are masters of their craft during a very troubling time in history. It is by definition, an honest living for our pugilists. The bitterness that is here is reserved for those outside of the fight floor, as Chaney observes a bear in a cage as it roars in almost anguish, that whole scene then says so much without Bronson’s Chaney actually uttering anything. To which it sounds weird to call Hard Times an evocative period piece, but it is. The locations are perfect for the story unfolding, kind of acting as a rich counter point to the violence played out amongst the men. The land worth fighting for perhaps?
Tough and with no little bite, the film benefits from having Bronson as the lead. Yes, Coburn takes the honours for acting gravitas, but Bronson keeps Chaney enigmatically interesting. Chaney is loyal and has the potential for love. We know next to nothing about him, but such is the restraint that Bronson shows in the portrayal, we are grateful to not have had back story filler to bog the story down. This is about this point in a man’s journey and in particular the next phase of that journey, one which we, thanks to Bronson, are personally involved with. It’s a great understated performance from Mr. Buchinsky. Jill Ireland too is excellent with a touching performance as the down-and-out girl who captures Chaney’s attention, while Strother Martin is ever reliable as a dope addict forced to work unlicensed as a medic who Speed has brought in as Chaney’s cuts and bruises guy.
A smashing and undervalued 70s movie that takes this part of history and refuses to entertain by basking in histrionics and parable’s for the masses. Blood, brains and brawn cloaked in an evocative cloud of hope. 8/10
Of all the movies I have seen Mr. Bronson in “Hard Times” stands out to me. He should have been given an Oscar for this time piece.
We currently have Spiderman,Batman and Superman etcetera, as the contemporary super heroes of our day. Charles Bronson as Chaney outdoes them all without ever leaving the ground. You feel when watching this movie that you are right there in New Orleans. Charles Bronson as Chaney is hard as nails and yet you feel as if he could be your best friend. If you needed bullies to be knocked down you would want Chaney on your side.
Many times I have heard the question “what is a real man?”. Chaney is I think the perfect picture of what a real man is, or at least the way most good men would want to be. Chaney is fearless,shrewd,compassionate.I could go on and on. Oh he also like the ladies.
I have seen this movie more times than I can count and I know I will watch it again. Whenever I recommend a Bronson flick this is the one. The rest of the cast was chosen to perfection, I could mention each. Just see the film you will not regret it.
Bronson’s best film
Bronson teamed with James Coburn in the ensemble casts of two other great films: “The Magnificent Seven,” and “The Great Escape.” Of all the films Bronson has made, “Hard Times” is by far the best, and probably the only truly “serious” film. Framed in the gritty reality of the Great Depression, with great background music –1930’s string band–Bronson found the role of a lifetime. I rate this film an 8 out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 33 min (93 min)
Genre Crime, Drama, Sport
Director Walter Hill
Writer Walter Hill (screenplay), Bryan Gindoff (screenplay), Bruce Henstell (screenplay), Bryan Gindoff (story), Bruce Henstell (story)
Actors Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin
Production Company Columbia Pictures
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Lenses
Laboratory Metrocolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (uncredited)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm