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.
R (Rated R for western violence and some sexual content.)
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western
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Sundance Channel Home Entertainment


Peter Fonda
as Harry Collings
Warren Oates
as Arch Harris
Verna Bloom
as Hannah Collings
Robert Pratt
as Dan Griffen
Rita Rogers
as Mexican Woman
Ann Doran
as Mrs. Sorenson
Owen Orr
as Mace
Megan Denver
as Janey Collings
Al Hopson
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Hired Hand

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A touching and absurd example of the hippie western.

October 14, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

This groundbreaking 1971 western nimbly upsets most of our expectations about cowboy movies.

Full Review… | August 7, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 6, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Hired Hand


Am I the only one that doesn't feel that the pretty images elevate this poor and empty drama a good movie.

Matthew Dalldorf
Matthew Dalldorf

Great film. Perfect cinematography, especially for the era. One of the top films of the early 1970's and possibly the most accurate/believable westerns ever made.

Ted Jones
Ted Jones

A very strong western, and exactly the way a western should look and feel like. So many of the last year's version have 0 understanding of pace, mood and theme and just rush through with neck-breaking speed. That's not how you film a western. The Hired Hand, however, is. Yes, the story is not very extensive, but has sufficient depth to it to make for a pretty good plot. Really enjoyed it.

Blackity Black
Blackity Black

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