Hard Times

Synopsis: During the Great Depression, the mysterious drifter Chaney befriends the promoter of illegal street fights Speed and they go to New Orleans to make money fighting on the streets. Speed is welcomed by his mistress Gayleen Schoonoverand invites his former partner Poe to team-up with them. Meanwhile Chaney has a love affair with the local Lucy Simpson. Speed has a huge debt with the dangerous loan shark Doty and borrows money to promote the fight of Chaney and the local champion Jim Henry, who is managed by the also promoter. Casey wins the fight, they make a lot of money but Speed is an addicted gambler and loses his share in the dice table. But Doty wants his money back and Speed's only chance is Chaney accepts to bet his own money that he is saving and fight a winner that Gandil brought from Chicago. Will he accept the challenge?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Director(s): Walter Hill
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

- I wasn't planning on bothering you.

- What was your plan?

Maybe I'll see you around.

- Get up.

- Speed...

Good to see you, pal.

Glad you found the time to stop by.

Come on, get things started right.

Don't mind Sleeping Beauty here.

She doesn't rush into the day's work.

We've got an important guest.

Why don't you fix us some breakfast.

I suppose you want to talk deal?

We'll go 50-50

on all scratch bets and expenses.

All side bets, I keep 75 per cent.

That's how it works.

60-40 in my favour on scratch,

side bets down the middle.

I'm telling you the going rate,

ask anybody.

- We'll do things differently.

- Why should we?

Because right now,

you've got a percentage of nothing.

That makes me even with you.

I put up all the money.

I take all the risks.

All right, all right.

We'll do it your way.

Gayleen! ...What does a man have to do

to get some breakfast around here.

I've got a good feeling about this.

I think we'll make real money.

I've got a couple of things in mind,

set something up next week.

We'll go in slow, quiet. About $4-500.

I only came down here to make money.

- And to fill in some in betweens.

- That's no kind of living.

It suits me. When I get enough change

in my pocket, I'm gone.

We just mark this one down to research.

Part of your education.

I want a long talk

with anybody betting against me.

A hundred dollars against Curly.

On a marker.

No markers.

Take it.

Who's the smoothie over there?

That's Chick Gandil,

one of the big moneybelts in town.

Son of a bitch

has broken me off three times.

He's the one we're going to shake.

Somebody help this kid up.

That's why he's the best.

Nobody ever beats him.

Not many want to try.

What were you doing back there?

I've always been a student of

comparative religion.

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Walter Hill

Walter Hill (born January 10, 1942) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is widely known for his action films and revival of the Western genre. He has directed such films as The Warriors, Hard Times, The Driver, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs. and its sequel Another 48 Hrs., Red Heat, Last Man Standing, Undisputed, and Bullet to the Head, as well as writing the Steve McQueen crime drama The Getaway. He has also directed several episodes of television series such as Tales from the Crypt and Deadwood and produced the Alien films. more…

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