Hard Times

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USA | 1975 | 93 minutes | Walter Hill

November 10 - 11, 2013

Charles Bronson stars as a Depression-era street fighter who partners with a promoter of no-holds-barred boxing bouts in New Orleans.

The feature film debut of director Walter Hill-who would go on to make other gritty tough-guy classics The Driver, The Warriors, and 48 Hrs.-this profile of a down-on-his-luck boxer is the perfect showcase for Bronson's particular gifts and features James Coburn in a spirited and fast-talking role as the shifty manager named "Speed".

"Directed with great precision and sobriety, Hard Times itself seems the taciturn opposite of so much of the unruly, loquacious American cinema of the 1970s: released just weeks after Dog Day Afternoon, it seems to come from a completely different planet...Hard Times is rooted in an older tradition." - Dave Kehr, New York Times

  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Principal Cast: James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1975
  • Running Time: 93 minutes
  • Website: More about Hard Times from TCM
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Sony Repertory