The Hired Hand


The Hired Hand (1971)



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In his debut behind the camera, Peter Fonda also stars with Warren Oates as a drifter who returns to the wife (Verna Bloom) Fonda deserted seven years before.


Critic Reviews for The Hired Hand

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Fonda, touching as an actor, proves astonishing as a director, using a fluid, tactile style to conjure a life lived close to the elements and to sudden death.

Jan 23, 2017 | Full Review…

A touching and absurd example of the hippie western.

Oct 14, 2003

Peter Fonda, Warren Oates and Verna Bloom build a complicated, touching, subtle triangle of longing and regret.

Nov 29, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If Dennis Hopper dismantles revisionist-Western ennui in The Last Movie, Fonda embellishes it with poetic muddiness

Sep 6, 2009 | Full Review…

Bloom is excellent as the abandoned wife who aserts her independence even when she's so vulnerable.

Sep 27, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

...perhaps the best of that cycle of realistic, existential Westerners produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s

Jan 7, 2005 | Rating: A-

Audience Reviews for The Hired Hand


[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna] "The Hired Hand" is a 1971 western directed by Peter Fonda(his first, and perhaps only noticeable effort) about a man who after several years wandering aimlessly with his pal through the West, decides to return to the wife he left several years before. The movie is deliberately paced and occasionally artsy. It is worthwhile because of the spotlight on the relationships between the characters and for one notable speech given by Verna Bloom who plays the abandoned wife. And Warren Oates has another very good performance in this movie.[/color][/font]

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