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The Hired Hand

Released 1971
Distributor Universal

Peter Fonda’s directorial debut is a leisurely, naturalistic western offset by ace cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond’s dreamy slow-dissolve images. Too quiet for mainstream success, it has garnered a strong following over the years. Bruce Langhorne’s score is memorable.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpOAwFQEh_A

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.