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The Hired Hand (1971)

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Harry returns home to his wife and farm after drifting with his friend Arch and has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties.



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Complete credited cast:
Arch Harris
Hannah Collings
Robert Pratt ...
Dan Griffen
Severn Darden ...
Rita Rogers ...
Mexican Woman
Mrs. Sorenson
Ted Markland ...
Owen Orr ...
Al Hopson ...
Megan Denver ...
Janey Collings
Michael McClure ...
Gray Johnson ...
Len Marsal ...
(as Len Marcel)


Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties and priorities. Written by Steve Harkins <sharkins@ti.com>

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Peter Fonda is riding again... To the woman he lost ... for the revenge he craves!


Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for western violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »




Release Date:

27 September 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A bérmunkás  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Voted best film of the year 1971 by the magazine "Films and Filming". See more »


Harry Collings: Arch, If it gets, you know, the way it can out there... You just turn around.
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Simply a great film
23 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

To call this picture a Western is to diminish it, although it is in fact a Western; to call it a picture about male bonding is to do likewise, although it is most assuredly about that. It is so much more. Like the greatest works of art in any narrative medium, it concerns human relationships, including a person's relationship with the self. Because the story is presented with unrelieved seriousness it will not come close to appealing to everyone - but neither will the classic novels, plays, poems, etc. As an example of cinematic art, this obscure film belongs among the greats. All aspects of filmmaking are handled with a firm but sensitive touch. Its obscurity is difficult to explain, and impossible to justify.

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