Hard Times [WS/P&S] [DVD] [1975]

Walter Hill directs legendary tough guy Charles Bronson in Hard Times, which comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame image. English and Portuguese soundtracks are both rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Thai subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. This Columbia/TriStar release should please fans of the film, but there is little here to interest the average DVD consumer.
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  • Theatrical trailer


Hard Times
Also known as The Streetfighter, Hard Times stars Charles Bronson as Chaney, an aging bare-knuckle boxer, trying to scratch out a living in the middle of the Depression. "Speed" (James Coburn) is the two-bit promoter who books Chaney in the tank towns of the South and Midwest. He is briefly reinvigorated by an affair with the lovely Lucy (Jill Ireland, Mrs. Bronson in real life), but it's back to the seedy realm before too long. Hard Times represented the directorial debut of Walter Hill, who even at this early stage demonstrated the gritty verisimilitude that he'd bring to such future projects as The Warriors (1979) and 48 Hrs. (1984). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Charles Bronson
    Charles Bronson - Chaney
  • James Coburn
    James Coburn - Spencer "Speed" Weed
  • Jill Ireland
    Jill Ireland - Luby Simpson
  • Strother Martin
    Strother Martin - Poe
  • Michael McGuire
    Michael McGuire - Gandil

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