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The Hired Hand (1971)

 -  Drama | Western  -  11 August 1971 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Harry Collings
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Arch Harris
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Hannah Collings
Robert Pratt ...
Dan Griffen
Severn Darden ...
McVey
Rita Rogers ...
Mexican Woman
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Mrs. Sorenson
Ted Markland ...
Luke
Owen Orr ...
Mace
Al Hopson ...
Bartender
Megan Denver ...
Janey Collings
Michael McClure ...
Plummer
Gray Johnson ...
Will
Len Marsal ...
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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!

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Rated R for western violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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After the success of Easy Rider (1969), Universal Pictures hit upon the idea of letting young filmmakers make "semi-independent" films for low budgets in hopes of generating similar profits. The idea was to make five movies for low budgets ($1 million or less), not interfere in the filmmaking process and give the directors final cut. The other movies were: The Last Movie (1971), Taking Off (1971), Silent Running (1972), American Graffiti (1973). See more »

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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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