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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Film debut of man's-man director Walter Hill is more of a typical and ordinary Charles Bronson flick than a film by the immensely fun and masculine action director. Quite underwhelming, simple-tuned, and without the badassness of later-day Hill films, even its testosterone is cold and vacant. Hard Times also needed a more emotional, less obvious n' repetitive ending, as well as greater dramatic stakes for its fights.
Walter Hill's directorial debut pretty much sets the tone for the best of his films that always featured a lone hero trying to make his way home. Also Charles Bronson gives a knockout performance in this.
Refer to "The Mechanic". Same comments...Charles Bronson as such is underevaluated, too. Though an excellent actor. The pity is, he is squeezed pretty often into the same "character". Not talking too much, but confident; slow to anger, but brutally efficient when fighting back. This is Charles Bronson more or less in all his movies. And I love him for this. I always liked his "characters"; I wonder, if it was him....