My favorite Bronson film and one that most certainly has attained cult-like status among fans of macho movie action. Remember in college this being a favorite for guys to sit around and drink beer to. We probably watched it weekly. Most were entralled with the fight scenes, as was I, but I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding the Bronson character, as well as the period atmosphere and great dialogue and performances.
Post by maphillips3 on Jun 2, 2009 20:04:54 GMT -5
This Movie is my favorite Bronson movie of all time, because this is the definitive Bronson performance! The fight scenes in this movie are way better than the "high wire" fight scenes you see today! I wondered why he, and Walter hill didn't get along?
It was said that Walter Hill didn't make very good comments about Jill Ireland's performance.For that reason Bronson didn't want to work with him again although Walter Hill wanted to make more movies with Bronson.
Post by maphillips3 on Jun 4, 2009 20:16:36 GMT -5
I heard too that Walter hill didn't like taking Charlie's advice on certain aspects of the film, because the film was based on the depression, and Charlie grew up during the great depression, but Walter hill didn't listen to any of Charlie's ideas, and wanted to do things his way, and that probably pissed him off to.
Chaney is probably Bronson's best performance as an actor and a star : the perfect casting. Who else could've play the role ? He looks tough, mean, old, sad, smart. The fight scenes are amazing, and his chemistry with James Coburn is simply fantastic. I wonder if Walter Hill managed to achieve a better film than "HARD TIMES"...
Post by maphillips3 on Jun 5, 2009 17:09:40 GMT -5
Crego, I remember hearing conflicting reports about Robert Tessier(the big bald guy) breaking Charlie's ribs, or vice versa, during one of the fight scenes. I wonder if you can shed some light on this?
Simply one of his best performances. Love the scene were he shoots up the bar, especially when he shoots the mirror over the bar...cool Does anyone know where i could find a MP. music download of Hard Times music at start of movie.? Thanks
Hill wrote films for Peckinpah, was friends with Steve McQueen, always loved westerns. I think he was born too late, and would've made it bigger in the sixties-seventies. Bronson, McQueen, Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, Lee Van Cleef were the right actors for him. Even if they're good, Mickey Rourke, Nick Nolte or Bruce Willis are not in the same league. I loved one of his last films though, the TV western "BROKEN TRAIL".
In reply to Tessier/Bronson, I read an interview with Tessier in "Easy Riders Magazine" and Tessier said Bronson broke Tessier's nose when he kicked with the wrong leg during their fight routine. Tessier started in the business as a stuntman and said he never touched Bronson once during the fight. He didn't have anything bad to say about Charlie, simply said it was one of those things that can happen and they kept filming. On "The Deep" he said bodybuilder Earl Maynard broke his nose again.
Post by maphillips3 on Jun 13, 2009 15:57:25 GMT -5
Cool! Thanks Chaney, I heard that Robert gave an interview, but didn't know the magazine's name. Chaney, was wondering if you have anymore behind the scenes stories about this movie, because this is my favorite movie of Bronson, and you seem to really know you're history about Bronson's career. Thanks man!