Still a relevant message today, as calls for a national boxing commission continue to be made every few years after the latest fiasco in the fight game. Robson does his usual solid work throughout, but really it's Bogart giving a great performance in his final film and Rod Steiger shining as the manipulative gangster. Bogart and Steiger are both in top form. Highly recommended.
I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. The Harder They Fall started off interesting enough, aping On the Waterfront with its urgent score and gorgeous black & white shots of NYC and I was roped in. I was less captivated as the movie went on, but wasn't entirely dissatisfied with where it ended. I'm kind of sad this was Bogart's final film but then again the 50s weren't his best decade.
The Harder They Fall is quite enjoyable. It features vintage noir photography and at times excellent framing. Now I do think that the internal struggles in El Toro and Eddie Willis aren't portrayed to their full potentials. Perhaps this is where a blasé kinda guy like Bogart isn't an ideal casting choice. Then again he was hot property so I fully understand the decision.