Alan J. Pakula is an American director a little forgotten nowadays although he directed a few movies that will stay in Movie history. 'Comes a Horseman' is a western set in the early 1940's in Montana. Only an old car and an airplane remind us that the film is not set in the 19th century. Jane Fonda sold the only clock of her house so that Pakula can easily convince us that the film main themes are still relevant.
A big cattle baron is threatening neighbouring small ranchers who are struggling to survive economically. In case they go bankrupt, he will take over their land. A story about greed, proudness, crime and love. Overall great cast. Beautiful pictures. However, the end of the story is predictable. Solid.
Sombre uninvolving western from director Pakula saved by some just gorgeous cinematography by the great Gordon Willis. Great oscar nominated performance by Richard Farnsworth and a strong showing by Jason Robards. Jane Fonda far to stoic in this one and James Caan seems out of period. One of those pictures where the sum of the ingredients should have resulted in a much tastier dish.