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Released 1972
Distributor United Artists

Brian De Palma was set to direct this cop caper but ankled (as they say in Variety) over casting issues. Evan Hunter wrote it, based on one of the 87th Precinct novels he‚ published under the name Ed McBain. Relocated from Manhattan to Boston, it’s an ensemble dramedy which was accused of engendering‚ copycat‚ behavior when several actual crimes mimicked a scene in which a homeless person is set on fire. Stars Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch have zero chemistry as they feuded throughout.

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.