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Go Tell the Spartans

Released 1978
Distributor Avco Embassy

In 1964 America’s role in Vietnam was still “advisory”, and this bracing, straightforward account of one Major’s battlefied disillusionment is in no way as well known as later titles like Platoon, Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter, but its relative obscurity is undeserved, as Josh Olson explains.

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.