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Writer:
Dennis Lynton Clark (written by)
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Release Date:
25 October 1978 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins See more »
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(5 articles)
'Godfather' Cinematographer Gordon Willis Dies at 82
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 18 May 2014, 9:40 PM, PDT)

Celebrity Biography: Mark Harmon
 (From PopStar. 7 August 2012, 8:00 PM, PDT)

Richard Farnsworth: Oscar Veterans 1999
 (From Alt Film Guide. 18 February 2011, 5:13 AM, PST)

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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)
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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 .... 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
Bud Conley .... craft service
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:
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:
Veteran cowboy actor Jim Davis plays a henchman for J.W. Ewing (Jason Robards), an unscrupulous rancher who hopes to strike oil on his land. Immediately after completing this film, Davis signed on to play a character named J.R. Ewing Sr., a.k.a. "Jock" Ewing, a Texas oil baron, and father of the notorious J.R. Ewing Jr. (Larry Hagman) on the TV show "Dallas" (1978). Davis played the role on "Dallas" until his death in 1981.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Frank's saddle has a holster but no rifle when he leaves his horse outside the ranch house near the end. He later uses the rifle from the holster to shoot the bad guys.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Horsewoman. Surely?, 8 May 2014
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Comes a Horseman is directed by Alan J. Pakula and written by Dennis Lynton Clark. It stars Jane Fonda, James Caan, Jason Robards and Richard Farnsworth. Music is by Michael Small and cinematography by Gordon Willis.

It seems the ideas and willing behind Comes a Horseman are made of sturdy stuff, you sense that the makers wanted to make a reflective post-modern Western set in post World War II times. Tonally they get it mostly right, it is very sombre, both in characterisations and the changing of the times thematic beat. Plot is hardly thrilling as Robards' land baron plots to oust Fonda and Caan out of their respective homesteads in readiness for the oil company to come destroy the magnificent landscape.

Ella Connors (Fonda) is a feisty but vulnerable woman, Frank Athearn (Caan) is fresh out of service in the war and carries the emotional scars of said battles. They form an unsteady alliance to ward off Jacob Ewing (Robards), but as past turmoil's come to the surface it's touch and go as to who, if anyone, will win out.

With the Colorado landscape beautifully captured by Willis, and the performances (including an Academy Award Nomination for Farnsworth as Ella's sage old ranch hand) solid as a rock, the pic retains interest if you can tolerate the laborious pace favoured by Pakula. There's a couple of action sequences within, but they feel like afterthoughts, so we are left to buy into the rueful characterisations and their respective attempts at post war living out there on the ranges. 6.5/10

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