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Comes a Horseman (1978)

Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and ... See full summary »

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Alan J. Pakula
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Caan ... Frank 'Buck' Athearn
Jane Fonda ... Ella Connors
Jason Robards ... Jacob 'J.W.' Ewing
George Grizzard ... Neil Atkinson
Richard Farnsworth ... Dodger
Jim Davis ... Julie Blocker
Mark Harmon ... Billy Joe Meynert
Macon McCalman ... Virgil Hoverton
Basil Hoffman ... George Bascomb
James Kline James Kline ... Ralph Cole
James Keach ... Emil Kroegh
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Cattle Buyer
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Ella Connors is a single woman who gets pressured to sell her failing cattle farm to her corrupt ex suitor, Jacob Ewing. She asks for help from her neighbor, Frank Athearn. As Ella and Frank fight back through stampedes, jealousy, betrayal, and sabotage, they eventually find love. Written by cactusjump

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She was as strong as the land for which she fought. And as vulnerable. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comes a Horseman Wild and Free See more »

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Mono (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Jane Fonda and Jason Robards, Jr.; and two Oscar nominees: James Caan and Richard Farnsworth. See more »

Goofs

Frank's saddle has a holster but no rifle when he leaves his horse outside the ranch house near the end. He later uses the rifle from the holster to shoot the bad guys. See more »

Quotes

Frank 'Buck' Athearn: You know lady, you got balls the size of grapefruits.
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Our thanks to the Forest Service for allowing us to film in the Coconino National Forest See more »

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Who said they don't make real villains any more?
1 January 1999 | by wcbSee all my reviews

Jason Robards plays such a slimeball character in this that you know the ending from about the fourth minute. Nevertheless, it's a good story, with lots of hidden secrets to reveal. Caan plays a believable laid-back love interest for tough, gutsy Jane Fonda. The best thing is the photography, however-- in particular the dance scene, in which the camera follows Fonda and Caan as they move through a crowded outdoor dance floor without every losing either focus or the stars. Breathtaking. Some great mountains somewhere in Wyoming come close to stealing the show.


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