The Hired Hand 1971 Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Verna Bloom Full Length Western Movie

Westerns lost their appeal in the seventies with the emergence of a younger audience, who were in the process of revising long held legends of the American west. A number of Westerns made in the seventies, are, as a result, definitely not conventional re-tellings of heroism and the taming of the frontier. Instead, they make a new space for themselves which allows little room for the glorification of violence, the genocide of the American Indian, stultifying gender roles, or a style of myth-making that has little to do with the reality of a hard scrabble life lived on the borders of civilisation.
“The Hired Hand” directed by and starring Peter Fonda, is a perfect and lovely example of this.

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