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The Hired Hand (1971)

R  |   |  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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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 ...
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Gray Johnson ...
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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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Harry Collings: Arch, If it gets, you know, the way it can out there... You just turn around.
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Heart-Breakingly Beautiful Film
10 May 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

You know a film has impact on you when you remember it 30 years later. Those that are mediocre all merge together and fade from memory quickly, but a good one you're still thinking of a week later --a great one, years later. The Hired Hand is like that. I saw the movie in 1971 and thought it mesmerizing. The other night I was delighted to see the remastered copy in Blockbuster, and I had to rent it right then and there! It was even better than I had remembered. The cinematography was nothing less than stunning -- especially the sunsets. It has the most unusual and haunting soundtrack of any movie I've seen.

I have to laugh at the reviewer who thought Verna Bloom was ugly. Verna was perfect for the role of the quintessential pioneer woman -- strong and direct, with an amazing presence and an inner beauty. I guess that "beautiful Hollywood people" have been playing the guys and gals next door for so long that average looks have become "ugly" to us. Heaven help us all.

Some of the scenes in the movie are quiet but powerful. One is strangely erotic -- Verna Bloom is sitting in her rocker on the front porch and Warren Oates on the step near her. As she explains to him that it wouldn't really matter who she slept with that night (either he or Harry would be interchangeable), Warren Oates character is visibly moved and caresses her bare foot for a few seconds before the scene fades to black. This is a example of a how "less can be more" in an erotic scene -- it was brillantly done.

I give this movie my highest recommendation.


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