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Comes a Horseman
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Writer:
Dennis Lynton Clark (written by)
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Release Date:
25 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She was as strong as the land for which she fought. And as vunerable. See more »
Plot:
Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The west is still wild See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Caan ... Frank 'Buck' Athearn

Jane Fonda ... Ella Connors

Jason Robards ... Jacob 'J.W.' Ewing

George Grizzard ... Neil Atkinson

Richard Farnsworth ... Dodger

Jim Davis ... Julie Blocker

Mark Harmon ... Billy Joe Meynert

Macon McCalman ... Virgil Hoverton

Basil Hoffman ... George Bascomb
James Kline ... Ralph Cole

James Keach ... Emil Kroegh
Clifford A. Pellow ... Cattle Buyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Baker ... Pall Bearer (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan J. Pakula 
 
Writing credits
Dennis Lynton Clark (written by)

Produced by
Ronnie Caan .... associate producer (as Ronald Caan)
Robert Chartoff .... executive producer
Gene Kirkwood .... producer
Dan Paulson .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Small 
 
Cinematography by
Gordon Willis 
 
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
 
Casting by
Isabel Halliburton 
 
Production Design by
George Jenkins 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Jeph Parker 
 
Costume Design by
Luster Bayless 
 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup artist (as Bernadine Anderson)
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Emil Lavigne)
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
James D. Brubaker .... unit production manager
Hal W. Polaire .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Scott Easton .... dga trainee (as Scott Easton)
Paul Helmick .... first assistant director
Albert M. Shapiro .... second assistant director (as Albert Shapiro)
 
Art Department
Rod Babb .... greensman
Francis N. 'Lucky' Costello .... painter (as Frank 'Lucky' Costello)
Matt Furginson .... set dresser (as F. Matthew Furginson)
Jaroslav Gebr .... portrait artist
Jerry Graham .... property master
Joseph Hurley .... sketch artist
Victor Clay Johnson .... propmaker foreman
Gary F. Kieldrup .... assistant property master (as Gary Kieldrup)
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
Herman Muelmann .... swing gang
James J. Murakami .... assistant art director (as James Murakami)
Ray Villalobos Sr. .... print foreman (as Ray Villalobos)
R. Chris Westlund .... lead man (as Chris Westlund)
S. Bruce Wineinger .... construction foreman (as Bruce Wineinger)
 
Sound Department
Bill Becker .... cable person
Michael Colgan .... sound editor
Laurey Condon .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Newman .... production sound (as Chris Newman)
Kay Rose .... supervising sound editor
Walter Rühland .... cable person (as Walter Ruhland)
Victoria Rose Sampson .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recordist
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
Paul Wells .... sound re-recordist
Douglas O. Williams .... sound re-recordist
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects
Ken Pepiot .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Bill Burton)
Danny Costa .... stunts
H.P. Evetts .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Jim Sheppard .... stunts (as James Sheppard)
Sammy Thurman .... stunts
R.L. Tolbert .... stunts
Ted White .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Byers .... electrician
Craig Denault .... first assistant camera (as Craig DeNault)
Alan R. Disler .... second assistant camera (as Alan Disler)
Clyde Hart .... key grip
George Holmes .... gaffer
Larry D. Howard .... best boy (as Larry Howard)
William Kenney .... dolly grip (as Bill Kenney)
Gerald A. King .... second grip (as Jerry King)
Marcia Reed .... still photographer
John Reynolds .... lighting director
Donald E. Thorin .... camera operator (as Donald Thorin)
 
Casting Department
Robert Young .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... costumer: women
Michael J. Harte .... costumer: men (as Michael Harte)
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... ladies' costumer (as Francine Jamison)
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction)
Kathleen Korth .... assistant editor
Michael E. Polakow .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Brand .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Aaron Rochin .... scoring mixer
Michael Small .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Russell McEntyre .... transportation coordinator
Ed Wirth .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Harry Clein .... publicist
Charles Conley .... craft service (as Bud Conley)
Janet Crosby .... assistant to producer
Judi Dolan .... projection services
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Karen Kelly .... production secretary
Marge Leonard .... assistant to director
Ann Luly .... misc crew
Lisbeth Plannette .... production coordinator
Hannah Scheel .... script supervisor
William Smith .... auditor
Rudy Ugland .... wrangler boss
Douglas Wick .... assistant to director
Charles Winkler .... production assistant
David Wyler .... production assistant
Richard Norwood .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Fred O'Dell .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Jimmy Sherwood .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
118 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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Trivia:
To prepare for her role as Ella Connors, actress Jane Fonda learned roping and riding skills in order to partake in a stampede and cattle-round up in this movie. Fonda would practice at a ranch in the San Fernando Valley and at the filming location in the Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado where Fonda lived on a ranch, worked the cows, polished her lassoing skills and assessed how ranch-land cattle work was organized.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Ewing is told he will lose his ranch if he doesn't allow testing for oil, Frank and Ella are shown chasing cattle while swinging their ropes...left handed. In the next scene they are shown roping right handed.See more »
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The west is still wild, 29 September 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Although at times the pace of Comes A Horseman is maddeningly slow, the players acquit themselves well in this old western type plot from the 19th century updated to 1945 and the end of World War II.

Stars Jane Fonda and Jason Robards, Jr. have history together, were even married at one time. He's the local Ponderosa owner, she's barely getting by on the small spread her dad left her.

Robards is in a cash flow situation though for the life of me he should be prospering during World War II and army beef contracts. The demand will slacken some due to war's end. There's possible oil on the property that oilman George Grizzard would like to exploit. Possible oil on both properties. Also on neighbor James Caan's small spread. He joins forces with Fonda against Robards.

Jane might have gotten a few pointers from her dad who was never a western star as such, but Henry Fonda did a few classic westerns in his time. She comes across as a real western woman. Director Alan J. Pakula did some real good photography in those wide open spaces. That frontier square dance could have come from a John Ford western.

Richard Farnsworth established a career as a player with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. That drawl at times is slow, but he's also unbelievably realistic as a veteran cowboy who has lost a step or two and realizes he can't quite the help to Fonda he'd like to be. That fall from his horse after those explosions is agonizingly real for a man getting on.

Slow paced, but well done, Comes A Horseman is a fine modern western if indeed a western of times of the last century can be classified as modern. You might want to watch this back to back with Giant, another modern western about cattlemen and how they adapt to the coming of oil.

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