The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

DVD - 2011
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A down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter is hired by a shady fight promoter to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Culver City : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2011.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Harde
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm.

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DUVIDL
Oct 10, 2019

This film has NOT dated one frame! And It AIN'T No ROCKY! An uncompromising look at the world of professional prize fighting, Humphrey Bogart's last film lets him go out in magnificent glory. Based on the 'career' of Primo Camera (although the studio won the lawsuit he brought against them - natch!), there is no white-washing, no happy ending, no 'the bad guys get theirs.' There is only a bitter sweet victory for a gentle, innocent giant, the knowledge 'somebody's blowing the whistle whether the dull witted public is willing to listen or not', and a cynical man winning back his integrity and humanity the hard way. This is a true adult film! Enjoy Max Baer as the gleefully homicidal Heavy Weight Champion who gets enraged when Bogie and Steiger have 'their boy' take credit for beating Gus to death. Baer'll Curdle Your Blood! And if you're curious to see what the 'real deal' looked like, find a copy of HERCULES UNCHAINED. That's Camera as the son of the Earth Goddess who becomes stronger each time Hercules (Steve Reeves) slams him into the earth. In other words: ENJOY!

🥊 Bogart's last film, it's a bleak, cynical look at how fighters were cruelly manipulated in a crooked game by their uncaring managers. The fast-talking Steiger is volcanic, playing well against the laconic, less-is-more acting of Bogart. For once Jan Sterling plays a respectable married woman, instead of a floozy. The interview with the punch-drunk fighter, Joe Greb, wasn't scripted. That was a real punchy fighter who really talked that way and was giving real answers. If you want to see what the effects of repeated brain injury are like, now's your chance. The always reliable Nehemiah Persoff isn't mentioned in the information in this library listing, but he has a major supporting role. Jersey Joe Walcott and Max Baer, real fighters, give great support as well, and Edward Andrews gets a good role as a hypocritical fight manager.
Highly recommended.

jpozenel Apr 27, 2014

The movie is a bit dated and lacks the "grit" of today's productions. But still, it's a pretty good movie.

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