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The Hired Hand
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Release Date:
11 August 1971 (USA) See more »
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Peter Fonda is riding again... To the woman he lost ... for the revenge he craves!
Plot:
Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win See more »
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(14 articles)
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
 (From AwardsDaily. 30 June 2013, 12:05 PM, PDT)

Alan Sharp obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 14 February 2013, 3:45 AM, PST)

Obit: 'Night Moves' Screenwriter Alan Sharp, Memorial Planned
 (From Thompson on Hollywood. 13 February 2013, 12:40 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Practically the definition of "neglected masterpiece"... See more (43 total) »

Cast

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Peter Fonda ... Harry Collings

Warren Oates ... Arch Harris

Verna Bloom ... Hannah Collings
Robert Pratt ... Dan Griffen
Severn Darden ... McVey
Rita Rogers ... Mexican Woman

Ann Doran ... 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)
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Larry Hagman ... Sheriff (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Fonda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alan Sharp 

Produced by
William Hayward .... producer
Stanley A. Weiss .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bruce Langhorne 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
 
Film Editing by
Frank Mazzola 
 
Production Design by
Lawrence G. Paull 
 
Art Direction by
Lawrence G. Paull 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel 
 
Costume Design by
Richard Bruno 
 
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack Bohrer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hawk Koch .... assistant director (as Howard W. Koch Jr.)
John M. Poer .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mazzola Anthony .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
Le Roy Robbins .... sound
James Contrares .... sound (uncredited)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bob O'Neil .... optical lineup (uncredited)
Brad Reinke .... digital restoration producer (restored version) (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richmond L. Aguilar .... gaffer
Ronald Vidor .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Sven Walnum .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasha Nicholson .... wardrobe consultant
 
Other crew
Mary Bartelt .... assistant to producer
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Kathy Speer .... assistant to producer
 
Thanks
Tim Merrill .... special thanks: restored version
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for western violence and some sexual content (2003 re-rating)
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90 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2001) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R (2003 re-rating) | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16 (f)
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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.See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Practically the definition of "neglected masterpiece"..., 22 April 2004
Author: JDWalley from Maple Valley, Washington

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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