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Harder They Fall [DVD] [1956] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1V8
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Eddie Willis was once a top sports writer, but now he is down on his luck and searching for work. He gets a proposition from dodgy promoter Nick Benko, he is to write up sensationalist press for Benko's new discovery, the gigantic Toro Moreno. Trouble is is that Moreno is a poor boxer, powder puff punches and a glass jaw. But each fight is fixed by Benko and along with Eddie's press writings, this propels Moreno to being a household name, thus a crack at the heavyweight title is in the offering. However, Eddie starts to feel conflicted the more the story unfolds and just around the corner is a tragedy that will shape the destinies of everyone who is involved.

This was sadly to be the last film from the great Humphrey Bogart. He would pass away the following year, but thankfully this Mark Robson directed piece proves to be a fitting swansong. He puts depth to his portrayal of Willis and his face off scenes with Rod Steiger's Benko are a real acting joy to observe. The film itself {great scripting from Phillip Yordan} is a scathing and critical look at the boxing circuit, corruption, greed and a scant care for human life come bubbling to the surface, with Burnett Guffey's stark black & white photography adding grime to the nasty underbelly. Real life {and one time heavyweight champion of the world} boxer Primo Carnera sued {and lost} Columbia because The Harder They Fall's story was close enough to his own life story, that in itself makes this film's core story all the more interesting. 8/10
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This 1956 picture was screen legend Humprhey Bogart's last. Playing a sports journalist Bogart watches the rise and fall of a boxfigther used by unscrepoulous managers and promoters.
Humphrey Bogart plays a great caracther in this picture, very much in the mold of his famous screen persona, but this time with a gentelness that was not always so obvious in other pictures.
Filmed in widescreen with b/w photography, the dvd presents a good copy of the film with lots of subtitles.
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I am a fan of film noir. They all seem to have been made in the late forties and early fifties.This is a late one at 1956.

I remember watching these films when I was young and apart from the glossy version of Hollywood this seemed to me a truer depiction of what America was really like in the 1950s. Written by the same writer who did On the Waterfront. It covers the same sort of area, corruption.

We never had hard fhitting films about corruption in Britain so we had to view the US version.

The idea of promoting a poor amateur fighter to become the heavy weight champion of the world by fixing fights is on the first loook a little far fetched but I was reading an article about people who have either won or were runners up in recent reality telvision shows such as X factor. They are taken on by the pormoters get top billing maybe a number one record then are dropped.

It is the same sort of idea. the promotors can almost make anything happen and the public believe anything.

Rod Steiger is great as the crooked promoter and Humphhrey Bogart is remarkable as the down at heel writer who provides all the words and people believe it.

Poor old Toro Moreno from Argentina he has no idea what is going on but Bogart has a conscience in the end.

I am sure it is going on somewhere as we speak. A great film and very realistic.I am not a sports fan but this is one of the best sports films I have ever seen.

Great film unmissable
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About corruption in boxing and how corruption in journalism helps it along. Weary performance from HB, not surprising really since he died soon after this was made, of cancer. It's a dreary story with a predictable outcome. If you must have every flick HB made then you'll need this one to compete things but for the rest of us, it's not one of his better films. Giving it only two stars seemed pretty mean, hence the third added for the sake of conscience.
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A film I've seen before, but wanted to see again. Two superb actors, Bogart and Steiger make it a classic, revealing professional boxing as a dirty game.
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This was the great Humphrey Bogart’s last film, shot in late 1955 and early 1956 when he was already seriously ill with throat cancer. He nonetheless turns in a convincing performance as cynical yet ultimately compassionate sports journalist Eddie Willis. He hypes up no hoper Toro Moreno as a credible contender for the world championship and when the likeable but naive young boxer is cheated out of his winnings by crooked promoter Nick Benko (a young Rod Steiger is very good as the bent manager) he selflessly gives the big Argentinian (played by Mike Lane) his own share of the take and sends him home and out of the reach of the mob.

There is good support from Jan Sterling as Bogart’s wife and real life boxers Max Baer, Jersey Joe Walcott (both ex-heavyweight champions) and Pat Comiskey who actually fought Max Baer for the title in 1940 but lost.

I think this was one of Bogie’s best and despite fighting cancer I thought he did not look particularly old or particularly ill, a tribute to his professionalism.
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