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.