Sunday, May 15, 2016

Movie review: Hard Times

Movie review: Hard Times
1975  PG    94 minutes
Cast: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland, Strother Martin
Director: Walter Hill

I watch this Bronson movie every few years or so, because it’s a heroic story, because it’s complete unto itself, because it generously invites the viewer to imagine the details that aren't specified, and because it's all about true grit.  (I like that movie, too).

Think you've got what it takes? If you're like me, you've never really had any "hard times." Chaney (Bronson) shows what it's like to be down to your last six bucks with nothing else to lose, and still manage to be courageous, honest, affectionate, high-principled, strong-minded, and in charge of your life. In the final scene Speed (Coburn) looks at Chaney walking away in the darkness and says "He sure was somethin'." He sure was.

They don’t make movies like this anymore. Really.

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