The Hired Hand
The Hired Hand (1971)

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.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 11, 1971
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

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Philip Concannon
The Skinny

Peter Fonda, Warren Oates and Verna Bloom build a complicated, touching, subtle triangle of longing and regret.

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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

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A touching and absurd example of the hippie western.

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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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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[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