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The Hired Hand (1971)

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Harry returns home to his wife and farm after drifting with his friend Arch and has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties.

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Peter Fonda

Writer:

Alan Sharp
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Fonda ... Harry Collings
Warren Oates ... Arch Harris
Verna Bloom ... Hannah Collings
Robert Pratt Robert Pratt ... Dan Griffen
Severn Darden ... McVey
Rita Rogers Rita Rogers ... Mexican Woman
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Sorenson
Ted Markland ... Luke
Owen Orr Owen Orr ... Mace
Al Hopson Al Hopson ... Bartender
Megan Denver Megan Denver ... Janey Collings
Michael McClure Michael McClure ... Plummer
Gray Johnson Gray Johnson ... Will
Len Marsal Len Marsal ... (as Len Marcel)
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Storyline

Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties and priorities. Written by Steve Harkins <sharkins@ti.com>

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He deserted his family to explore the frontier. But life is about to lead him home. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for western violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A bérmunkás See more »

Filming Locations:

Espanola, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$820,000 (estimated)
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Mono (original version)| Dolby Digital (restored version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Fonda suggested Lee Grant for the role of Hannah. See more »

Quotes

Arch Harris: [to an insistently insinuating stranger in a bar] You can always tell a man who's got something on his mind. He keeps talkin' to people he don't know. Now what is it you're tryin' to tell me?
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Alternate Versions

The version of the film prepared for US television cuts several scenes involving nudity violence and bad language, but restores 17 minutes of footage from the cutting room floor. Added scenes include Larry Hagman's entire role as a sheriff who runs Warren Oates out of town. See more »

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A Beauty of a Film
26 April 2004 | by pbmcdSee all my reviews

If you're into film that has to have a cut every 3 seconds to stay interesting, skip this one. But if you're into film as an art form, this is a must see.

The photography is masterful by Vilmos Zsigmond. From the deeply rich silhouettes made with the natural light of a sunset to the shading and textures of lamp and fire light, this film is a profound lesson in painting with light.

The montage scenes blend the beautiful images into a pensive and graceful passage of time. The editing creates a deliberate pace that recreates a time when a horse trot was the natural speed. But when the gun battles begin the pace quickens to a gallop.

The delicate music is perfect blend of instruments for the visuals and provides the emotional depth that music should.

Under Peter Fonda's creative direction the film's elements deliver a story of a man who returns home to make things right because he had the courage to change. And just when the man and his wife restore their love and trust in each other, he had the courage go away again to save his longtime friend.


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