The Harder They Fall
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An obviously ailing Humphrey Bogart made his final screen appearance in The Harder They Fall. Adapted from a novel by Budd Schulberg, the film is a thinly disguised a clef account of the Primo Carnera boxing scandal. Bogart is cast as unemployed newspaperman Eddie Willis, who sells his soul down the river when he signs on as press agent for slimy fight manager Nick Benko (Rod Steiger). It is Willis' job to stir up publicity for Benko's newest protégé, Argentinian boxer Toro Moreno (Mike Lane). Benko's boy quickly rises to the top of his profession, though everybody but Toro knows… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Fairly gritty and potent for its time, director Mark Robson (The Seventh Victim) delivers some terrifically brutal fight footage."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Both [Rod] Steiger and [Humphrey] Bogart deliver outstanding performances, and director Mark Robson (Peyton Place, Valley of the Dolls) paces the action deftly."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"In this noir sports melodrama, which is his final screen role, Bogart gives a powerful performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The unwell Bogie's last film is not a knockout, but his hard-hitting performance is terrific."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Even in a film where everyone seems to end up a loser, Humphrey Bogart finishes his career with a solid Bogie performance."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
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