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Release Date:
11 August 1971 (USA) See more »
Peter Fonda is riding again... To the woman he lost ... for the revenge he craves!
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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Atmospheric, Visual, Sensitive Western See more (44 total) »


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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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Larry Hagman ... Sheriff (uncredited)

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
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)
90 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Did You Know?

Jane Fonda suggested Lee Grant for the role of Hannah.See more »
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?See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Atmospheric, Visual, Sensitive Western, 19 August 2005
Author: EyeDunno from United States

I had forgotten about renting "Hired Hand" until I saw the DVD in my mailbox. Looking at the printing on the disk, I shook my head, thinking the movie had to have been a mistake. But the whole film simply embraced my senses and I didn't want them to let go, even as the film ended.

Visually, it was no typical Western, Spaghetti or traditional. In fact, this isn't the kind of movie to watch if you're into the drama of the shoot-out or chase. Emotionally, it captured nuances and a sensitivity that the likes of masters John Ford and Sergio Leone steered clear of. Please, watch this film in its completely, and then play it with the commentary of director Peter Fonda. He adds some interesting information, including that the voice of Larry Hagman was even used for just a moment at one point in the film.

The characters gallop far from the typical. The movie simply looks western, but doesn't feel western. Nor do the sounds, as the music was beautifully atmospheric. This film should have been included for submission to the Academy Awards. The cinematography might make some feel somewhat put off by the layers of fades and dissolves, but relax and let yourself become absorbed by the acting, writing and production.

Overall, this movie, while it has an incredible climax, lives through subtlety, which is captured by a director who seems to been a labor of love.

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