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In what was his final film,Humphrey Bogart looks appropriately weary as a sportswriter who looks to make his own payday working for mobster Nick Benko. (Rod Steiger, who's performance defines sleazy) The entire cast is great, but what was perhaps most surprising was how effective wrestler Mike Lane is as Toro. Eventually, Bogart's Eddie Willis guilty feelings over the corruption he's witnessed lead him to give all his earnings to the gullible Toro whom he hustles out of the country before he could be taken even more advantage of by other promoters. By most accounts it was a realistic portrayal of boxing of that era.
Bogie's Last and A Great End
Finally saw this in its entirety.What a great film of the sleazy side of boxing.Jersey Joe outstanding in a supporting role-what a gent!
One of Bogart's last film
The magic of Bogart's acting is obvious. Perhaps he should have quit when he became terminally ill. The story fails as an attempt at half documentary, half entertainment. (The alleged reason we pay to see a film is to enjoy and forget our real lives. If you desire to learn about real life, go to school, listen to the media, and learn to think for yourself.
the best boxing film
very on the money portrayal of the boxing business
Still the best
IMO - The best boxing film ever made. Bogart gives a powerful complex performance. Rod Steiger is very convincing. The fight scenes unflinching. Max Baer as Buddy Brannen the current champion is right on the money. Even when he was champ Max Baer was not liked in the profession.
The Harder they Fall
A boxing drama best-remembered as Bogart's final film. He gives an Oscar-level swan song, matching Steiger's complex villain for intensity. The story is gripping and unflinching in it's portrayal of the abuse Boxer's go through. A new sympathy and understanding of the boxing profession and it's members are unavoidable. I give it a 4.5/5.
The Harder They Fall
An absolute knock-out movie. I wikipedia'd 'Primo Carnera' when the movie was done and I'm not even a boxing fan! The cast was great including Rod Steiger as Nick Benko, Nehemiah Persoff as Leo (a personal favourite) and Bogart! Man, the whole thing was electric from start to finish. I stumbled on to this movie, just to see what was on and 'a classic' that I almost missed. Keep that remote flipping because you never know...D. Benson (TCM fan)
Doesn't get better than this!
I've seen every fight film out there and there is none better than this one! It exposes what actually goes on in the boxing game and it is simply horrific. Bogie and Steiger give terrific performances here but it is the story itself that gets to you. The purses are much bigger now but the corruptions prevalent back in the day are just as prevalent today. At my Grandfather's knee, I watched the Gillette Friday Night Fights way back in the '50s. when fighters like Dick Tiger, Ezzard Charles and Sugar Ray Robinson fought. Of course, the man of the decade was Rocky Marciano. Not one of these men ever even made a decent living because of the terrible corruption of the day. This film tells you why!
the harder they fall...from my point of view....
- dahnaad ahshaad
rod steiger was vicious and direct, humphrey bogart,more of a compassionate character as the movie played outto not by any surprise made by what happens when reality looks you right in your face.that is what happened tojoe louis,muhammed ali,the likelihood of a champion and the demise of their tomorrow......
The Harder They Fall
Bogarts last.. What else needs to be said.. A must see.. Solid all around.. Especially Bogarts mammoth effort of a performance.. Talk about "going down swinging"..
The Harder They Fall (1956)
- James Higgins
This is Humphrey Bogart's last film, and it's pretty obvious he was ill when it was being filmed. But in spite of that, he delivers a biting and memorable performance. He went out in style, that's for sure. The use of former boxers in the cast (Jersey Joe Walcott, Max Baer and Joe Greb) was a fascinating and effective touch. Joe Greb was particularly memorable as skid row bum being interviewed. Great story and thoughtprovoking, good supporting performance by Rod Steiger. The stark black and white cinematography is very potent. The score is excellent. Apparently Humphrey Bogart was not to fond of Rod Steiger's style of acting, if so, it sure didn't show in the final production.
- Jarrod McDonald
He looks like he's in pain while making this film. It's sad to see how puffed up his face is and how different he looks from work he finished just the year before. I also find the plot of this movie to be a retread. By this point, had he lived, Bogey was in need of new material and really needed to reinvent his image. Just like Edward G. Robinson, he had made a career out of playing variations on the gangster theme. It would've been nice to have seen him in a frothy comedy or in a western (he was interesting as a creepy bandit in 'Virginia City'). At least he went out on top and didn't have to suffer a decline into playing second leads and supporting parts.
One of my favorite movies !
- Mark t
Sad to see Bogie near the end, but greatperformance nontheless.Great interplay between Bogart and Rod Steiger.
the harder they fall
- marc crawford
a must see for a bogart fan. last movie due to cancer.