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The Hired Hand (1971)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Oct 28, 2003
 R2: 28 Jun 2004

MPAA Rating
Rated R for western violence and some sexual content. (2003 re-rating)

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country USA

Studio Pando Productions, Universal

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Other Titles
• The Hired Hand
• Der Weite Ritt (1971)

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Genre: Western, Marriage, Revenge, Love, Murder, Prison

Plot: Peter Fonda's superb yet little-seen directorial debut subverts the machismo of the Western genre with a quiet, understated tale of relationships and loyalty in the Wild West. Fonda stars as Harry Collings, a drifter who has been roaming from town to town with his close friend and fellow wanderer Arch Harris (Warren Oates). Collings is haunted by memories of the wife (Verna Bloom) and daughter he abandoned and decides to make amends and return to them, offering penance by working on the family farmstead as a hired hand. But his newfound domesticity is threatened when Arch is taken hostage by an enemy they encountered in their travels, and Collings must choose between family responsibility or loyalty to his friend. Beautifully shot by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Szigmond (DELIVERANCE, MCCABE & MRS. MILLER) and hauntingly scored by acclaimed composer Bruce Langhorne, THE HIRED HAND is a sensitive drama that prompted Jane Fonda to declare that her brother had made "the first feminist Western."

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 Directed by
Peter Fonda
Ocean's Twelve, Easy Rider, Escape from L.A.
 Written by
Alan Sharp
Rob Roy, Night Moves, Damnation Alley
Peter Fonda
Ocean's Twelve, Easy Rider, Escape from L.A.
Larry Hagman
Primary Colors, Nixon, Fail-Safe
Warren Oates
The Wild Bunch, Stripes, In the Heat of the Night
Verna Bloom
Animal House, The Last Temptation of Christ, After Hours
Severn Darden
Back to School, Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Rita Rogers
Losin' It, Showdown, The Magnificent Seven Ride!
 Music By
Bruce Langhorne
Melvin and Howard, Stay Hungry, Night Warning

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Missing, The (2003)
Sommersby (1993)
Beguiled, The (1971)

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