The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall

Mark Robson (1956)

104min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on Budd Schulberg's hard-hitting novel, this riveting exposé of corruption in professional boxing is given added poignancy by the fact that the star is Humphrey Bogart in his last role, aged, mellowed and dying. He gives a terrific performance as a cynical sports journalist and he's matched by Rod Steiger playing a boxing promoter in the pay of the Mob. It is a joy to witness their contrasting acting styles - Bogie so casual and effortless, Steiger so Method and explosive. Mark Robson's direction and Philip Yordan's screenplay attempt rugged realism, but this is full-blooded Hollywood melodrama and should be enjoyed as such. Watch out for some key fight figures such as Max Baer and Jersey Joe Walcott, and the underrated Jan Sterling as Bogie's screen wife.

Summary

A washed-up sports reporter is hired by a seedy boxing promoter as a press agent for his latest client - an imposing but physically weak fighter, blissfully unaware that his every victory is the result of match fixing. Drama, starring Humphrey Bogart and Rod Steiger, alongside real-life boxing stars Max Baer and Jersey Joe Walcott.

Cast & Crew

Eddie Willis Humphrey Bogart
Nick Benko Rod Steiger
Toro Moreno Mike Lane
Beth Willis Jan Sterling
Buddy Brannen Max Baer
George Jersey Joe Walcott
Jim Weyerhause Edward Andrews
Art Leavitt Harold J Stone
Director Mark Robson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama