Rent Comes a Horseman (1978)

3.2 of 5 from 54 ratings
1h 54min
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Synopsis:
Set in the American West during the 1940's, 'Comes a Horseman' centres on a pair of little-guy ranchers (Jane Fonda and James Caan) who join forces against the depredations of a ruthless land baron (Jason Robards) determined to expand his empire at any cost.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Gene Kirkwood, Dan Paulson
Writers:
Dennis Lynton Clark
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/03/2005
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interactive Menu Screens
  • Chapter Selections
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/09/2019
Run Time:
119 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Newly commissioned feature-length audio commentary by novelist and scriptwriter Scott Harrison
  • The Guardian Interview: Alan J Pakula (1986, 95 mins, audio): the director in conversation with Quentin Falk, recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1986
  • Isolated music track
  • Jane Fonda in Conversation (2018, 71 mins): interviewed by Samira Ahmed at BFI Southbank in October 2018
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Hereford Pedigree Cattle (1937, Mary Field, 10 mins): a subtly charming portrait of agricultural life in the west of England, featuring some fine pedigree cattle
  • The Grassy Shires (1944, Ralph Keene, 15 mins): a Ministry of Information film showing how cattle and dairy farms of the Midlands adapt to meet the demands of war

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Reviews (1) of Comes a Horseman

Mediocre western lifted by the settings - Comes a Horseman review by TE

Spoiler Alert
01/06/2021

For fans of the Western film genre there's enough to enjoy here to merit a 3-star rating: a very good cast (Richard Farnsworth effortlessly eclipsing Fonda, Caan and Robards); a classic little folks versus the cattle baron storyline; and, best of all, some stunning landscapes.

However, Pakula just doesn't seem able to get the whole thing off the ground. The narrative has no pace, and the key character of the cattle baron isn't developed sufficiently to make his actions credible.

The editing is patchy and it has the feel of a would-be epic movie spoilt by leaving too much on the cutting-room floor.

One oddity is the orange Afro sported by James Caan (the one on his chest as well as the one on his head).

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