Charles Bronson stars as Chaney, the bare knuckles boxer, who plans to survive the great depression by teaming up with free-wheeling gambler James Coburn, who will stake him in illegal prize fights. Unfortunately, the corruption that permeates the fight game and Chaney's relationship with Lucy, his new girlfriend - played by Jill Ireland, create unexpected complications.
If you like Charles Bronson you'll dig this, as simple as. Bronson plays the quiet drifter Chaney, who is a street fighter who fights for money in underground bouts. Chaney beats all who he goes up against. But then they bring in a guy hewn from granite by train, supposedly unbeatable. Can Bronson beat this superman?
Reminiscent of his character in the magnificent seven where Bronson showed his soft side with the children of the village, Hard Times witnesses his compassion in the shape of caring for a stray cat. To reiterate, if you like Bronson its a no brained, rent it.