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The Harder They Fall

Broke and without work, newspaper reporter Eddie Willis (Humphrey Bogart) agrees to work for the corrupt boxing promoter Nick Benko (Rod Steiger) to help hype his new boxer, Toro Moreno (Mike Lane). While Toro is beastly in appearance, he has no actual boxing talent, and all his fights are fixed. When Toro gets a shot at the title against the brutal Buddy Brannen (Max Baer), Willis is faced with the tough decision of whether or not to tell Toro that his entire career is a sham.

Release Date

March 31, 1956

Running Time

109 minutes

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Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart

Rod Steiger

Rod Steiger

Jan Sterling

Jan Sterling


Director Mark Robson

Screenplay Philip Yordan

Producer Philip Yordan

Cinematography Burnett Guffey

Editing Jerome Thoms

Music Hugo Friedhofer

Distributor Columbia Pictures

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