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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 (16) | Top Critics (6)

Mixed in with the delicate, naturalistic performances... is a sense of stylistic experimentation that also feels thoroughly new.

August 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

In the hands of more thoughtful directors, everyday events have their own human meanings and don't need to be gussied up by Christ symbolism.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A touching and absurd example of the hippie western.

October 14, 2003

A work dear to Fonda's heart, he has often spoken of his wish for this film to be his epitaph. It's one that would do any director proud.

December 17, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A film that unfolds patiently.

September 10, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4.0 | 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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