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The Hired Hand (1971)

R | | Western | 11 August 1971 (USA)
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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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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 ...
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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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Arch Harris: [to an insistently insinuating stranger in a bar] You can always tell a man who's got something on his mind. He keeps talkin' to people he don't know. Now what is it you're tryin' to tell me?
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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.


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