The Hired Hand
The Hired Hand (1971)

Peter Fonda directed and stars in this moody, realistic western drama, concerning a man who tries to return to a family he has abandoned years ago and the loyalty to a friend that compels him to leave once again. Fonda plays Harry Collings,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A touching and absurd example of the hippie western.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Jason Wood
BBC.com

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

This groundbreaking 1971 western nimbly upsets most of our expectations about cowboy movies.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

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

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Now that it has been restored, people are beginning to realize it got a bum rap back in the day.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[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… More