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Released 1979
Distributor United Artists

It took the Age of Aquarius at least a decade to make it to the screen. The creators of the popular 1968 Broadway musical were not pleased with Milos Forman’s 1979 adaptation, which jettisons numerous songs and a lot of the peace movement politics, reshaping the characters and story to avoid datedness. But the reviews were enthusiastic, many of them considering it an improvement on the original.

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.