#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – After 17 years as a recognized and respected sports journalist in New York City, Eddie Willis finds himself out of a job when his newspaper folds. He’s approached by a major fight promoter, Nick Benko, to act as a public relations man for his new heavyweight fighter Toro Moreno. Eddie knows the how the fight game works and after watching Toro in the ring, realizes Toro is nothing but a stiff who has no hope of succeeding. Benko offers him a sizable salary and an unlimited expense account and given his financial situation, he agrees. Benko’s strategy to make money is one that has been used time again. Starting in California and moving east, they arrange a series of fights for Toro with stiffs and has-beens. All of the fights are rigged to build up his record and get him a fight with the heavyweight champion, Buddy Brannen, where they will make a sizable profit at the gate. Along the way, one boxer gets killed in the ring and Eddie begins to have serious doubts about what he is doing.
Plot: Jobless sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by corrupt fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his current protégé, an unknown Argentinian boxer named Toro Moreno. Although Moreno is a hulking giant, his chances for success are hampered by a powder-puff punch and a glass jaw. Exploiting Willis’ reputation for integrity and standing in the boxing community, Benko arranges a series of fixed fights that propel the unsophisticated Moreno to #1 contender for the championship. The reigning champ, the sadistic Buddy Brannen, harbors resentment at the publicity Toro has been receiving and vows to viciously punish him in the ring. Eddie must now decide whether or not to tell the naive Toro the truth.
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Winning the heavyweight championship all over again
The Harder They Fall is adapted from a novel of the same name by Budd Schulberg and it is a re-telling of the Primo Carnera story. The real Primo however was never left in the dire straits that Toro Moreno was in the film. Nevertheless his reputation as a fighter remains under a cloud.
The 6 foot 8 inch Mike Lane is brought from Argentina by boxing manager Rod Steiger and a syndicate with very much implied underworld backing is formed around him. To publicize Lane, Steiger hires down on his luck newspaperman Humphrey Bogart. Bogart becomes the only man in the group around him that Lane trusts.
Of course a lot of set up fights are arranged for Lane until he’s matched with the heavyweight champion. Then the poor slob is on his own.
The callousness of the group around Lane is nauseating to behold. Everyone has a piece of this guy and they’re all getting rich off him. Only Bogart seems to have conscience about it.
Although Carnera himself wasn’t as badly left off in real life as our protagonist here is, this is a story that is still being told about pugilists who get used and abused by the folks who run boxing.
The Harder They Fall has the look and feel of the gyms and the arenas where the boxers ply their trade. The film is helped a great deal by the performances of two former heavyweight champions, Max Baer and Jersey Joe Walcott.
And irony of ironies Baer is the guy who took the championship from Carnera in real life. His portrayal is also closer to the picture of him we have from Cinderella Man than the real Max Baer. But it’s a great acting job. Baer who liked the nightlife and the show business scene, in some sense gives a better performance than either Bogart or Steiger, he really lived this film.
But Steiger and Bogart are both good. Steiger is at the top of his game and this was a great role for Bogart to go out on.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 49 min (109 min)
Genre Drama, Film-Noir, Sport
Director Mark Robson
Writer Philip Yordan, Budd Schulberg
Actors Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 2 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length (12 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm