Comes a Horseman

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Comes a Horseman
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Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Produced by Gene Kirkwood
Dan Paulson
Written by Dennis Lynton Clark
Starring Jane Fonda
James Caan
Jason Robards
Richard Farnsworth
Cinematography Gordon Willis
Edited by Marion Rothman
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • October 25, 1978 (1978-10-25)
Running time
118 minutes

Comes a Horseman is a 1978 American western drama film starring Jane Fonda, James Caan, Jason Robards, and Richard Farnsworth, directed by Alan J. Pakula.

Set in the American West of the 1940s but not a typical Western, it tells the story of two ranchers (Caan and Fonda) whose small operation is threatened both by economic hardship and the expansionist dreams of a local land baron (Robards).

Farnsworth, a former stuntman, received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. The film itself was a critical and commercial success grossing $ 44.3 million at the box office.

A stuntman working on this film, Jim Sheppard, was killed while doing a scene where Robards' character is dragged to (presumably) his death. A horse dragging him veered from its course and caused Sheppard to hit his head on a fence post. The scene made it into the movie, although it is cut right before the horse passes through the gate where the fatal accident occurred.

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