The Hired Hand

  Soundtrack: The Hired Hand – Bruce Langhorne



Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

The Hired Hand DVD Set / Released 2003


Voted best film of the year 1971 by the magazine “Films and Filming”.

After the success of Easy Rider, Universal Pictures hit upon the idea of letting young filmmakers make “semi-independent” films for low budgets in hopes of generating similar profits. The idea was to make five movies for low budgets ($1 million or less), not interfere in the filmmaking process and give the directors final cut. The other movies were: The Last Movie, Taking Off, Silent Running, and American Graffiti.

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5 Responses to “The Hired Hand”

  1. stotty April 19, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    great film,very atmospheric.the final shootout although not very long has to be as it probably would have been in reality

    • jcalberta April 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      A under-rated film that has gained appreciation.
      Has a melancholy tone it about though – you can sense that things will not conclude in joy.
      Feels authentic however.

  2. blankend May 17, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    Its funny how time changes everything. The movie hasn’t changed, but our perception of it has.

    Although it can be called an unconventional, or acid western as some say, I have always liked it. You were right when you pointed out the overall mood of the film was kind of sad. It was pretty apparent something bad was going to happen.

    Give me Warren Oates anytime, he will always give you an interesting performance, especially in westerns.

    • jcalberta May 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

      Love this Western. Rarely shown on TV though. You really have to seek it out. It does have a different flavour to be sure. The music is nice also. Oates is part of a small, but perfect cast.


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