The Hired Hand
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Meeting largely mixed reviews during its first run in 1971, counterculture icon Peter Fonda's directorial debut was restored and remastered for its 30-year anniversary. The film opens with three drifters greeting the morning by cavorting in a sun-dabbled mountain river. Harry Collings (Fonda) catches a fish and gives it to Arch Harris (Warren Oates) who grills it over a low fire, while Dan (Robert Pratt) -- the youngest of the three -- bathes in the swift moving current. Later, as they head into Del Norte, a small town in the middle of nowhere, Dan talks breathlessly about going to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A touching and absurd example of the hippie western."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Bloom is excellent as the abandoned wife who aserts her independence even when she's so vulnerable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Jason Wood, BBC.com
"This groundbreaking 1971 western nimbly upsets most of our expectations about cowboy movies."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"...perhaps the best of that cycle of realistic, existential Westerners produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"If Dennis Hopper dismantles revisionist-Western ennui in The Last Movie, Fonda embellishes it with poetic muddiness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Now that it has been restored, people are beginning to realize it got a bum rap back in the day."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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