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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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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Dennis Weaver: 1924-2006
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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
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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Inspiring, 28 December 2006
Author: mkillentv from United States

This is an excellent television movie with much to say that was made during the peak of the made-for-TV era. It's the story of a widower (Dennis Weaver) and his kids who travel around the farm belt hiring out as professional wheat harvesters. Kurt Russell signs on reluctantly to help. Weaver's performance is one of his best and the rest of the cast shines as well. Top notch writing, directing, photography and score. I saw this film during a very dark time in my life and it inspired me to press on and make changes. I recommend it to anyone in need of inspiration. They don't make these kind of intelligent, sensitive and involving films for television often anymore. But these are exactly the kind of films we need today.

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