Hired Hand

The Hired Hand

Cast: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom, Robert Pratt

     
 

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Directed by and starring Peter Fonda, The Hired Hand is a subdued Western about a man returning home to rebuild his family. The 1971 film also stars Verna Bloom and comes to DVD in widescreen with the soundtrack mastered in Dolby Digital sound. The disc also boasts an optional feature-length audio commentary track by Fonda. A two-disc Collector's Edition is…  See more details below

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Directed by and starring Peter Fonda, The Hired Hand is a subdued Western about a man returning home to rebuild his family. The 1971 film also stars Verna Bloom and comes to DVD in widescreen with the soundtrack mastered in Dolby Digital sound. The disc also boasts an optional feature-length audio commentary track by Fonda. A two-disc Collector's Edition is also available with deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, and more.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Following up on the spectacularly successful Easy Rider, Peter Fonda's languid Western is certainly a feast for the eyes. The film's opening, a lyrical five-minute montage of superimposition layered upon superimposition, a virtuosic display of optical printing prowess if there was one, is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Much of the rest of the film, while never quite reaching the artistic heights of the opening, is filled with lush landscapes and abundant cinematic tricks. Performances are uniformly nuanced and understated, particularly Warren Oates as Arch Harris, who plays the role with remarkable naturalness. Unfortunately, Fonda's film never quite gels into the revisionist masterpiece it threatens to become. In a scene newly restored to the print, Hannah brazenly -- shockingly for the time it was made -- admits to Harris that she has taken numerous lovers. Yet the film never quite forms into a feminist critique of Westerns. The montage of Western landscapes seen during Collings' and Harris' flight from Del Norte seems to push the film towards a environmental reverie, but again Hired never quite follows through. The Hired Hand is an ambitious, beautiful work and an exemplar of anti-establishment filmmaking during the early '70s that never quite lives up to its potential.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2005
UPC:
0829567021224
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Virgil Films
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by actor/director Peter Fonda; Widescreen format

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Fonda Harry
Warren Oates Arch
Verna Bloom Hannah
Robert Pratt Dan
Severn Darden McVey
Ann Doran Mrs. Sorenson
Larry Hagman Actor
Hopson Bartender
Gray Johnson Will
Ted Markland Luke
Michael McClure Plummer
Owen Orr Mace
Rita Rogers Mexican Woman

Technical Credits
Peter Fonda Director
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Frank Griffin Makeup
William Hayward Producer
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Bruce Langhorne Score Composer
Frank Mazzola Editor
Lawrence G. Paull Art Director
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
LeRoy Robbins Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Sharp Screenwriter
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Down By the River [3:51]
2. The Fishing Line [4:28]
3. One-Horse Town [3:39]
4. Homesick [5:16]
5. Fatal Misunderstanding [5:35]
6. Frontier Justice [4:25]
7. Shadow Riders [2:44]
8. Harry's Wife [2:41]
9. The Hired Hand [6:02]
10. Life on the Farm [4:03]
11. Fightin' Words [3:42]
12. Heart to Heart [6:55]
13. Midnight Confession [4:41]
14. "I Want You to Stay" [5:05]
15. Farewell to a Friend [3:19]
16. Passion [3:33]
17. The Messenger [6:21]
18. Vengeance Trail [3:36]
19. Dusty Death [6:59]
20. End Credits [3:44]

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