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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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James Caan and Jane Fonda face off against Jason Robards over valley ranch land See more (17 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
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 (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:
Second of three collaborations between actress Jane Fonda and director 'Alan J Pakula'. The movies include Klute (1971), Comes a Horseman (1978) and Rollover (1981).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ewing is shot and falls of his horse, his foot slips THROUGH the stirrup. When the horse gallops away, the foot of the stuntman doubling for Jason Robards is TIED to the stirrup by a long strap, that can be safely released.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
James Caan and Jane Fonda face off against Jason Robards over valley ranch land, 13 September 2012
Author: msroz from United States

This western is not your usual, although plot-wise it has a central familiar ring to it. Huge numbers of westerns revolve around struggles for land or water. This one is no different in that respect. Robards is a cattle rancher who wants the whole valley, but Caan and Fonda are two separate ranchers whose independence stands in his way. All of them relate to their parents who had similar struggles. When Robards has a buddy of Caan killed, Caan goes in with Fonda. That's no easy task. She is very much a loner, brought up that way by her dad. Fonda's main hand is Richard Farnsworth who almost steals the picture, but everyone does a fine job of acting.

So what's different here? Several things. A big part of the story is the Caan-Fonda relationship, with Farnsworth as mediator. Another twist is that George Grizzard is an oil man who intends to get the valley for oil drilling. Another twist is that Robards becomes increasingly impatient and obsessed with what he wants. His cold-bloodedness and murderousness are not the standard stuff of westerns, but it is more of its time (1978). And mixed in with this is the very opposite, which is the director Pakula's love affair with the landscape, the cattle business, and the pride of the proficient and very hard-working cow hands. They are shown in their work at length. Gordon Willis is the cinematographer, so you can imagine what beautiful scenes he comes up with. The locations in Arizona and California feature vistas, mountains, and forests.

Mix all this up smoothly and you have a different western. I go with the flow. If Pakula as artist wanted to pace the story slowly and dwell lovingly on the details, including the hands singing songs and playing guitars, I give him the benefit of doubt. All movies cannot be the same. I didn't find that this approach dragged enough to undermine the movie, but he does go slowly at times.

Robards was well-directed. He did not chew the scenery, and that made his part all the more chilling. Jim Davis, from way back, played one of his hands.

TCM showed this recently in a widescreen print. The title I associate with James Caan, or with cow hands more generally, whose work is demanding and includes horsemanship. He comes into Fonda's life and alters it a great deal.

One quibble is that Fonda's voice was too low in a few instances. Caan's enunciation sometimes is garbled. But the fact is that both these actors have stood the test of time. Caan's body of work is looking better and better as time passes, and I look for movies that he's in. That's because I like the rougher movies, as opposed to Fonda's more usual fluff. For a more serious Fonda, see Klute, They Shoot Horses, and The Morning After, or Joy House, The Chase, and Walk on the Wild Side. She too has a more than respectable body of work.

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