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9 March 1980 (USA) See more »
He was tough, he was hard 'til fate came searching.
Two seemingly disparate men experience powerful life lessons when a wheat harvester gives a hitch-hiking... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Dennis Weaver ... Elroy 'Bud' Burkhardt

Kurt Russell ... Laurence Kendall

Mare Winningham ... Marlene Burkhardt
Fran Brill ... Suze Winter

Wilford Brimley ... Pete Alberts

Rossie Harris ... Dougie Burkhardt

Grainger Hines ... Gregg Burkhardt

Eloy Casados ... Dwight Willits
Bill Morey ... Ansel Porter

Michael Talbott ... Tork Torkelson
Robert Weaver ... Russ Hahn (as Robby Weaver)
Penny Fuller ... Fern Jensen

Ted Dykstra
Jack Goth
Kay Grieve
Lucetta Jenison
Cathryn Johnston
Les Kimber
Don MacKay
Margaret Martin
Walter Massey
Bruce McCloud
Murray Ord
Jon York
Ted Stidder
Tony Whibley
Kay Robinson
Dale Wilson
Jane Wilson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Ralph ... Young Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Sargent 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Trevey 

Produced by
Stanley Kallis .... producer
Philip Mandelker .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Rubinstein 
Cinematography by
Donald M. Morgan 
Film Editing by
Michael Brown 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Paul Barnes 
Sound Department
Tom Cornwell .... sound editor
Peter Harrison .... sound editor
Andrew Herbert .... sound editor
Michael Hilkene .... sound editor
Fred Judkins .... sound editor
Chris Large .... sound mixer
Eddie Nelson .... sound mixer
George Porter .... sound mixer
Terry Porter .... sound mixer
Jill Taggart .... adr editor
Russ Tinsley .... sound editor
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Kurt Russell (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Calvin Sterry .... key grip
Bill Tenny .... gaffer
Casting Department
Janet Weir .... extras casting (uncredited)
Music Department
John Rubinstein .... conductor

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98 min
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Dennis Weaver and the "TV Movie" - both at their best, 5 February 2008
Author: douggers from United States

Kurt Russell is a womanizing, irresponsible male model who is both full of himself and improbably on a shoot in the wheat fields of the Midwest, while aging Dennis Weaver works nearby with the barely profitable wheat harvesting company that he owns. Each man is having the worst day of his life, as Kurt is beaten up in a bar then fired for his now un-photographable looks and he ends up headed back to NYC with no money to get there. Meanwhile, Weaver's credit is caput at his bank, he can't find a buyer for his troubled firm and his doctor has just told him he has terminal cancer. Weaver picks up a young hitch-hiker, who happens to be Russell and when Weaver drops him off in the city the cops pounce on the young man for hitch-hiking and vagrancy, which will no doubt net him a term on a chain gang.

Weaver bails out the young model and at first his motive appears to be altruism, but his agenda becomes clear when he announces he's short of labor and that he's shanghaiing Russel to be a part of his crew. A duck out of water at first, the arrogant young pretty-boy/model gradually toughens up physically and even begins to develop character, thanks to the hard work and the good example set by straight-arrow Weaver. Against all odds Russell turns into a valuable member of the crew. Enter Weaver's daughter, played by Mare Winningham, who ends up falling for Russell, who discovers a noble streak he never knew he had, as he tells Winningham to save her love for "somebody who deserves it." This is a simple, beautiful film that puts to shame the noisy, head-rattling and cartoon-ish drivel that graces our movie theaters these days. The fine script features realistic parts for Weaver, Russell, Winningham and Wilford Brimley, who deliver uniformly fine performances. After watching this you will feel you've experienced a part of America you've probably never seen and gotten to know some people who speak and act straight from the heart.

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