The Hired Hand (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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.


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
Megan Denver
as Janey Collings
Al Hopson
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for The Hired Hand

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

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.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

A touching and absurd example of the hippie western.

October 14, 2003

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

August 7, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

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

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

September 6, 2009 | Full Review…

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

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

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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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