The Hired Hand

The Hired Hand

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


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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 California while Collings suddenly decides to return home after a seven-year absence. After Dan runs afoul of a group of unsavory characters lead by McVey (Severn Darden), Collings vows vengeance for the lad's death and blows off McVey's feet. Collings and Harris bury Dan and flee from the town riding hundreds of miles to Collings' homestead. His wife Hannah (Verna Bloom) -- now called "Widow Collings" by the local townsfolk -- is none too pleased to see her wayward husband at her doorstep. Taking his wife's anger in stride, he asks only to be allowed to work as a hired hand. Just as Hannah and Collings start to move beyond the years of anger and estrangement, disaster strikes. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2018
UPC: 0760137142287
Original Release: 1971
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 3,211

Special Features

Audio Commentary by actor-Director Peter Fonda; The Return of The Hired Hand, a 2003 documentary containing interviews with Fonda, Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, Composer Bruce Langhorne, actor Verna Bloom ; Deleted Scenes; The Odd Man, Charles Gormley and Bill Forsyth's 1978 documentary portrait of Scottish Screenwriter's, including Alan Sharp; Interview with Martin Scorsese; Warren Oates and Peter Fonda at the National Film Theatre, an audio recording of the actors' appearance at the NFT London in 1971; Stills gallery; Trailers ; TV Spots; Radio spots; Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

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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