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Title:
The hired hand
Author:
Hayward, William (William L.)
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Showtime Entertainment : Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, [2003]

©1971
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Harry, Arch, and Dan head into Del Norte, a small town in the middle of nowhere. Harry decides to return home after a seven-year absence, but not before Dan runs afoul of a group of unsavory characters and Harry vows vengeance for the lad's death. Harry and Arch flee from the town. Harry's wife, Hannah, 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 Harry start to move beyond the years of anger and estrangement, disaster strikes.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1971.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R; for western violence and some sexual content.
ISBN:
9781932228663
UPC:
758445902327
Format :
DVD

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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. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi


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