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The Hired Hand (1971)

R | | Drama, Western | 17 July 1971 (USA)
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Harry returns home to his wife and farm after drifting with his friend Arch and has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties.

Director:

Peter Fonda

Writer:

Alan Sharp
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Fonda ... Harry Collings
Warren Oates ... Arch Harris
Verna Bloom ... Hannah Collings
Robert Pratt Robert Pratt ... Dan Griffen
Severn Darden ... McVey
Rita Rogers Rita Rogers ... Mexican Woman
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Sorenson
Ted Markland ... Luke
Owen Orr ... Mace
Al Hopson Al Hopson ... Bartender
Megan Denver Megan Denver ... Janey Collings
Michael McClure Michael McClure ... Plummer
Gray Johnson Gray Johnson ... Will
Len Marsal Len Marsal ... (as Len Marcel)
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Storyline

Harry Collings returns home to his farm after drifting with his friend, Arch. His wife, who had given up on him, reluctantly allows him to stay, and soon believes that all will be well again. But then Harry has to make a difficult decision regarding his loyalties and priorities. Written by Steve Harkins <sharkins@ti.com>

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He deserted his family to explore the frontier. But life is about to lead him home. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for western violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hired Hand See more »

Filming Locations:

Espanola, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$820,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (original version)| Dolby Digital (restored version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Fonda suggested Lee Grant for the role of Hannah. See more »

Quotes

Harry Collings: Arch, If it gets, you know, the way it can out there... You just turn around.
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Alternate Versions

The version of the film prepared for US television cuts several scenes involving nudity violence and bad language, but restores 17 minutes of footage from the cutting room floor. Added scenes include Larry Hagman's entire role as a sheriff who runs Warren Oates out of town. See more »

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Slipping through the cracks
24 November 2003 | by fpbaggiaSee all my reviews

It is hard to believe that this film has toiled in relative obscurity for so long. This is a wonderful western with a great cast, shots and a mesmerizing score. The movie is deliberate, and allows the viewer to contemplate all that occurs. Peter Fonda has done away with overblown action scenes to craft a real character study with consequences we can all identify with. If you are a fan of Unforgiven do not miss this!


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