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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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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.