The Hired Hand

The Hired Hand

Peter Fonda (1971)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Peter Fonda had some clout in Hollywood when this post-hippy western was made, having produced and starred as "Captain America" in the cult hit Easy Rider two years earlier. In addition to starring here, Fonda also makes a fine job of directing this cold, almost existential western about a wife (the superb Verna Bloom) torn between two drifters, her husband Fonda and the older Warren Oates. This has all the clever bleakness and cyclical sense of destiny now associated with its writer, the mordant Alan Sharp - who also penned Night Moves and Rob Roy, among others - and is richly rewarding in its portrayal of the tough reality of frontier life. Some audiences might prefer more action, though, and perhaps a less pretentious visual style.


An errant husband is compelled to return to his wife after an absence of seven years, but discovers she will only take him back as a paid worker. Over time, the resentment between the couple fades, only for the former drifter's past to catch up with him. Western, directed by and starring Peter Fonda, with Warren Oates, Verna Bloom and Robert Pratt.

Cast & Crew

Harry Collings Peter Fonda
Arch Harris Warren Oates
Hannah Collings Verna Bloom
Dan Griffin Robert Pratt
McVey Severn Darden
Luke Ted Markland
Mace Owen Orr
Mrs Sorenson Ann Doran
Director Peter Fonda
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro TartanGuidance: Contains violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Dec 2001