The Harder They Fall (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Harder They Fall (1956)




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This offering is one of the finest boxing films ever made, following a sportswriter who suffers a number of moral dilemmas as he agrees to promote a fixed fight. As the fight draws near, he realizes how the prize-fighting industry exploits their athletes.

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Humphrey Bogart
as Eddie Willis
Rod Steiger
as Nick Benko
Jan Sterling
as Beth Willis
Edward Andrews
as Jim Weyerhause
Mike Lane
as Toro Moreno
Max Baer Jr.
as Buddy Brannen
Harold J. Stone
as Art Leavitt
Carlos Montalban
as Luis Agrandi
Felice Orlandi
as Vince Fawcett
Rusty Lane
as Danny McKeogh
Val Avery
as Frank
Pat Comiskey
as Gus Dundee
Matt Murphy
as Sailor Rigazzo
Abel Fernandez
as Chief Firebird
J. Lewis Smith
as Brannen's Manager
Everett Glass
as Minister
Lilian Carver
as Mrs. Harding
Jack Daly
as Reporter
Don Kohler
as Reporter
Ralph Gamble
as Reporter
Lillian Culver
as Mrs Harding
Mark Scott
as Reporter
Russ Whiteman
as Reporter
Mort Mills
as Reporter
Stafford Repp
as Reporter
Sandy Sanders
as Reporter
Emily Belser
as Reporter
Diana Mumby
as Vince's Girlfriend
Elaine Edwards
as Vince's Girlfriend
Tina Carver
as Mrs. Benko
Anthony Blankley
as Nick's Child
Penny Carpenter
as Nick's Child
Tony Blankley
as Benko's Son
Joe Greb
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Harder They Fall

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

This hard-punching boxing-business picture... comes out swinging from the very beginning and doesn't stop until just before the end.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

A lousy racket lurking around some of the prize fighting arenas of the country is being depicted in one of the most gripping films to come out of Hollywood crucible.

November 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Honored as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute, the late iconic Humphrey Bogart is now similarly memorialized with the re-release of this screen classic compilation.

December 25, 2011 | Full Review…

In this noir sports melodrama, which is his final screen role, Bogart gives a powerful performance.

July 5, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

O último filme de Bogie traz o veterano em mais uma ótima atuação (ainda que Steiger quase roube o show) e é suficientemente ambicioso, ainda que um tanto maniqueísta. ... uma pena, também, que as lutas sejam tão mal encenadas.

November 23, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Fairly gritty and potent for its time, director Mark Robson (The Seventh Victim) delivers some terrifically brutal fight footage.

April 11, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Harder They Fall

bogie is great in his last film role as a reporter turned press agent in this fine boxing expose, a thinly veiled account of the career of mob boxer primo carnera who tried unsuccessfully to sue the producers. bogie was sick and some of his dialogue had to be dubbed but u can't even tell

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Bogart's last film has many flaws, but his performance is so great, it makes this a memorable film.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

The final chapter in Bogart's career is a fantastic one. This is a powerful study of corruption and manipulation, and one of the best crime-dramas I've seen from its era. Humphrey Bogart is terrific in the lead role.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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