A gripping thriller set in the corrupt world of boxing
It starts off as a boxing film: but less Rocky (who won’t enter the ring for a few years) than the cinematic tradition that saw boxing as an environment offering ample opportunity to explore a world where corruption comes up against honest athletes who are willing to risk their lives in the name of sportsmanship (remembered by Tarantino in Pulp Fiction). From boxing, we move on to Alfred Hitchcock: a man finds himself accused of a crime he did not commit, and is forced to risk everything to save himself. Then, a gripping detective story, with a few sadistic flashes of 1970s Italian thriller thrown in. L’uomo dalla pelle dura is a wonderful combination of genres in which the tension never drops, superbly carried by a fantastic cast and excellent performances.
A Cherokee boxer is subjected to blackmail: if he doesn’t throw his next bout, his manager will meet a brutal end. And if he doesn’t submit to the demand, he will find himself accused of murder. He is forced to investigate on his own to save his skin.