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Released 1986
Distributor Cannon Film Distributors

This was a bright spot in a fallow period for director John Frankenheimer after disasters like PROPHECY. The magic charms of the late Elmore Leonard kicked in big time with his screenplay from his own novel, part of his lucrative evolution from westerns to suspense and crime films.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.