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.
Solid boxing noirish film, really the main draw is Bogey's last performance. His voice sounds pretty gruff here, a sign the cancer was progressing rapidly. The Setup from years earlier is a much better boxing film, but some of the nuances explored here differ greatly and make it worth a look. 3 stars
Una denuncia directa de la corrupción en el mundo del "deporte". El personaje de Bogart acepta participar de una estafa (la creación de un ídolo del boxeo) que se va tornando cada vez más sórdida e inhumana. Al final, asqueado de tanta podredumbre, decide redimirse. La pelea final está rodada con una brutalidad inusual para un film de estudio en esa época. Un final más que digno para la carrera de Bogey.
The story was interesting far enough to keep me focused until the last minutes. That happened definitely because the action revolved around the world of sport, boxing more precisely.
The whole thing was a little bit ridiculous and funny at the same time but i guess this was ok for those years. Now the situation is different, from this kind of story i would prefere seriousness and intense storytelling.
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.