The Hired Hand (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 (12) | Top Critics (3)

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

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

Full Review… | November 29, 2016
The Skinny

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

Full Review… | September 6, 2009

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

January 7, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Hired Hand


150825: 50 of top 50. A story about lonely lives and the sometimes-uncomfortable interpersonal relationships that occurred in the old west. Features occasional graphic violence that sharply contrasts the even, if not slow, pace.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

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

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