Cargill and I step into the ring to go a few rounds with another first film by a prominent director. This time, we spar with Walter Hill’s Hard Times. Charles Bronson plays Chaney, a drifter with iron fists who rolls into Depression-era New Orleans and teams up with local hustler Speed (James Coburn). The two of them proceed to dupe and deck every pick-up fighter in the area.
Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) demonstrates in his first outing a number of the thematic and character trademarks that would come to epitomize his work. Meanwhile Cargill and I make many of the inappropriate jokes and gleeful geek-outs that have come to epitomize Junkfood Cinema.
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On This Week’s Show:
- Pre-Ramble [0:00–2:15]
- Hard Timers [2:16–48:22]
- Denouement [48:23–51:29]
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