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Comes a Horseman (1978)

Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex-suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and ... See full summary »

Director:

Alan J. Pakula
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Caan ... Frank
Jane Fonda ... Ella
Jason Robards ... Ewing
George Grizzard ... Neil Atkinson
Richard Farnsworth ... Dodger
Jim Davis ... Julie Blocker
Mark Harmon ... Billy Joe Meynert
Macon McCalman ... Hoverton
Basil Hoffman ... George Bascomb
James Kline James Kline ... Ralph Cole
James Keach ... Kroegh
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Cattle Buyer
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Storyline

Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex-suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and Frank fight back through stampedes, jealousy, betrayal, and sabotage, they eventually find love. Written by cactusjump

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Taglines:

The West was won by men and challenged by a woman See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

To prepare for her role as Ella Connors, Jane Fonda learned roping and riding skills in order to partake in a stampede and cattle roundup in this movie. Fonda would practice at a ranch in the San Fernando Valley and at the filming location in the Wet Mountain Valley of Colorado where Fonda lived on a ranch, worked the cows, polished her lassoing skills, and assessed how ranch land cattle work was organized. See more »

Goofs

When Ewing is shot and falls off 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 »

Quotes

Frank 'Buck' Athearn: You know lady, you got balls the size of grapefruits.
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Crazy Credits

Our thanks to the Forest Service for allowing us to film in the Coconino National Forest See more »

Connections

Referenced in Avengers: United They Stand: Comes a Swordsman (1999) See more »

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Who said they don't make real villains any more?
1 January 1999 | by wcbSee all my reviews

Jason Robards plays such a slimeball character in this that you know the ending from about the fourth minute. Nevertheless, it's a good story, with lots of hidden secrets to reveal. Caan plays a believable laid-back love interest for tough, gutsy Jane Fonda. The best thing is the photography, however-- in particular the dance scene, in which the camera follows Fonda and Caan as they move through a crowded outdoor dance floor without every losing either focus or the stars. Breathtaking. Some great mountains somewhere in Wyoming come close to stealing the show.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comes a Horseman Wild and Free See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,585,769

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,585,769
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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