WAYS TO
WATCH:

See all
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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ulzana's Raid (1972)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After fierce war chief Ulzana and a small war party jump the reservation bent on murder and terror, an inexperienced young lieutenant is assigned to track him down.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Bruce Davison, Jorge Luke
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Rene Auberjonois
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play was written. How the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Arkin
Stars: Elliott Gould, Marcia Rodd, Vincent Gardenia
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner
Sleeping Dogs (1977)
Action | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Sam Neill, Nevan Rowe, Ian Mune
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Hopper
Stars: Julie Adams, Daniel Ades, Richmond L. Aguilar
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Blaise Starrett is a rancher at odds with homesteaders when outlaws hold up the small town. The outlaws are held in check only by their notorious leader, but he is diagnosed with a fatal wound and the town is a powder keg waiting to blow.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, Tina Louise
The Exiles (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Native Americans in Los Angeles. For 12 hours one Friday night, from late afternoon until dawn, we follow a handful of urban Indians. Yvonne is pregnant, commenting on her life and dreams ... See full summary »

Director: Kent Mackenzie
Stars: Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds
Ride Lonesome (1959)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts
Country Music (1972)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Robert Hinkle
Stars: Bobby Allison, Ralph Emery, Sammy Jackson
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Director: Herbert G. Ponting
Stars: Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting
Illegal Music (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Zane Zidel
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bérmunkás  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Harry Collings: Arch, If it gets, you know, the way it can out there... You just turn around.
See more »

Connections

Featured in No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Practically the definition of "neglected masterpiece"...
22 April 2004 | by (Maple Valley, Washington) – See all my reviews

I saw the last half or so of this film many years ago, on a small black-and-white television. Even then, I was impressed by a film I had only heard described as a commercial flop and a come-down after "Easy Rider." Maybe people were expecting another "counter-cultural" demythologizing of America's past, as was common in those days, and didn't know what to make of a surprisingly traditional and sensitive drama about loyalty, love, and the desire for new horizons versus the call of home.

Finally, thanks to the 30th Anniversary restoration, I was able to see the entire work, and was not disappointed. Not only is this a well-told and -acted drama, it's easily one of the most stunning-looking films I've ever seen. Nor is it merely "pretty photography," but key to the inner life of the characters, in that you can see how one could be drawn by such beauty into either wandering off through the world in search of new wonders, or returning to those which you've already known.

It's a shame, to me, that Peter Fonda only went on to direct two more (relatively obscure) films. In a decade now recognized as one of the greatest in American filmmaking, "The Hired Hand" is worthy of being considered among the classics.


14 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Deserves more attention... samlowrysloveslave
most underrated warren oates performance teejay6682
Impressions of The Hired Hand ran222
Larry Hagman hamanncrosscreek
Opening Shot sigggyfreud
Great Film pmccann847
Discuss The Hired Hand (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?