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172 Ratings

The Hired Hand

Directed by Peter Fonda
United States, 1971


The story is about a man returning to his abandoned wife after seven years of drifting from job to job throughout the southwest. The embittered woman will only let him stay if he agrees to move in as a hired hand.

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The Hired Hand Directed by Peter Fonda

Critics reviews

The Hired Hand, which has been described at various times as a feminist Western, an acid Western, a revisionist Western, and not a Western at all — none of these descriptions, by the way, is entirely wrong — represents one of the greatest examples of the genre.
August 19, 2019
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A revisionist western, or a hippie western, or just a different kind of western…, showing the west as a place full of mystery – mythic, yes, but the mythic almost looming over characters as a reminder of what once was, or who they should be, but also confusing; a place full of rough absurdities. Fonda’s reflection was spare, if that is even the right word considering how visually stunning and scored the picture is.
October 13, 2017
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If EASY RIDER explored a societal landscape, then THE HIRED HAND ventures into more spiritual territory, realizing a cultural struggle as ultimately being one with the self. Credit is also due to the late, great cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and actor-editor Frank Mazzola, both of whose combined aesthetic further imbues the sepulchral tone. Folk guitarist Bruce Langhorne of “Mr. Tambourine Man” fame likewise contributed his distinctive sound.
October 07, 2016
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