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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling, Mike Lane, Max Baer
  • Directors: Mark Robson
  • Writers: Philip Yordan, Budd Schulberg
  • Producers: Jerry Wald, Philip Yordan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Georgian
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1V8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,868 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Harder They Fall" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Down-on-his-luck ex-sportswriter Eddie Willis is hired by shady fight promoter Nick Benko to promote his latest find, an unknown but easily exploitable phenom from Argentina.

Customer Reviews

Toro is no match for Brennan!
Ray Stephanson
Eddie's greed causes him to lose friendships, lie, and hurt people; however, he convinces himself that he must do this in order to achieve wealth.
A Customer
In addition to Bogart's fantastic performance, Rod Steiger chews the scenery nicely as a corrupt manager.
Todd and In Charge

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is far from one of Bogart's best movies, but it is still well worth watching. In this film, he plays a washed-up sportswriter who has been hired as a PR man for gigantic South American boxer named Toro Morena. The problem is, Morena, despite his immense size, can't box at all. Bogart and Morena's crooked owner, magnificently played by Rod Steiger, manage to take him up the heavyweight ranks by fixing a string of fights.
Of all the sports, none have inspired as many excellent films as boxing. In fact, there may be more first-rate boxing films than first rate films from all other sports combined. There are probably a good dozen very, very good fight films, and this belongs to their number.
The tension in the film derives from the ultimate conflict between Bogart's inherent decency and Steiger's unmitigated exploitativeness. The two had great onscreen chemistry in their scenes together. They employed very different acting styles, Steiger being one of the first Method actors to enjoy success in the movies. Bogart was strictly old school, but he not only held his own, he dominated their scenes together.
A couple of real life boxers played major roles in the film. Jersey Joe Alcott plays Toro Moreno's trainer. Toro Moreno himself was very loosely based on the career of Primo Canera (with the difference that Canera actually could box, the similarities being that he was a remarkably tall heavyweight who killed a man in the ring). Max Baer, former heavyweight champion and the father of Max Baer Jr. (Jethro on THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES), plays heavyweight champion Buddy Brannen. The irony in this is that Baer in real life became heavyweight champion by beating Primo Canera. The in-the-ring shots are among the finest that have ever been filmed in boxing pictures.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on October 13, 2007
Format: DVD
Based on Budd Schulberg's 1947 novel, "The Harder They Fall" (1956) is a stunning indictment of the boxing profession. The film also marks Humphrey Bogart's final performance as a former sports writer turned publicist - and he's in good company. Bogie's scenes with Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling and Mike Lane (as the giant Argentinian boxer) are truly memorable. Mark Robson's no-nonsense direction makes the most of Burnett Guffey's Oscar-nominated cinematography. Unlike other screen legends, Bogart ended his career in classic fashion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Armes on February 19, 2004
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absolutely Bogart's greatest and valedictory performance. Bogart exited this life with his greatest performance. not only was this Bogart's best but this film also boasts a stellar ensemble of actors. this film dares to explore the criminal racketeering that once plagued the sport of professional boxing. the brutal realistic portrayals given by the actors is unsurpassed. from the intimidating performance by Steiger especially to the moral dilemma of Bogart is no less than incredible. an absolute must and imperative for one's film library. almost unbearable final fight to watch.
as for the DVD, some artifacts present but overall a good transfer. the audio is stereo and also good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Todd and In Charge VINE VOICE on April 25, 2007
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised to catch this film on TV the other day. Bogart's final film is a testament to his career, a tough film about a conflicted man who ultimately rises to the challenge and pursues the morally virtuous course, at great personal, professional, and financial cost.

In addition to Bogart's fantastic performance, Rod Steiger chews the scenery nicely as a corrupt manager. Their scenes together are really well done, and very well written. I particularly enjoyed the scene after the big fight where Bogart presses to find out how much their fighter will ultimately wind up for getting so badly beaten in the ring.

But for me I truly enjoyed Mike Lane's performance as the up and coming Argentinian fighter El Toro, who is huge, honest, religious, but unfortunately a terrible fighter. His performance is precious.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Farr on June 26, 2007
Format: DVD
An ailing Bogart made his final appearance in Mark Robson's raw, hard-hitting film about corruption in the boxing world, playing a jaded press agent with a biting conscience. Steiger is in top form playing the ferocious ringleader of fraudulent bettors, and Mike Lane, as dim-witted, cruelly manipulated boxer Toro Moreno (modeled after Primo Carnero) is poignant and credible. Adapted from Budd Schulberg's novel, "Fall" spares nothing in portraying the unquenchable greed of local promoters, the rabidity of fans, and the heartbreaking physical toll the sport takes on the bodies of men who are barely regarded as human.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms.Beyonce on January 3, 2007
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The Harder they Fall is a hard hitting expose of the boxing racket, and a racket it is. Excellent performances by Humphrey Bogart, as a Sportwriter turned Boxing Press Agent,Rod Steiger, Edward Andrews, Nehemiah Persoff, and the always great ( and underrated ) Jan Sterling. An Excellent Screenplay by Philip Yordan, from a Budd Schulberg Novel. Mark Robson's Direction is swift. ***** Stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By New England Pat on August 23, 2010
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This bleak but realistic film about the netherworld of professional boxing is one of the best sports dramas that Hollywood ever produced. Humphrey Bogart, of course, is the centerpiece of the story and he's at his best as the cagey, jaded sports reporter who covers a heavyweight contender and knows he's a phony but nevertheless promotes him for box-office profits. The fighter, perhaps a take on Primo Carnera, is manipulated by a greedy manager and his underworld hoodlums who know full well that Toro Moreno has no business in a boxing ring. The camerawork is gritty and the picture has the look of grainy 1950s newsreels which add the the credibility of the movie. Rod Steiger and Nehemiah Persoff are great and Mark Robson's direction was excellent. Especially touching and tragic is an interview with a former boxer whose brains got scrambled from years of ring combat. A very powerful film and a great coda to Bogart's wonderful career.
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