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The Killers

Released 1964
Distributor Universal

Universal’s made-for-tv remake of the Hemingway-inspired 1946 original was deemed too violent for telecast and was diverted to theatrical double bills. Action specialist Don Siegel turns it into a tough, economical B picture whose tv origins are obvious, but Lee Marvin and Clu Gulager ( in his greatest role) make as memorable a pair of hit men as Travolta and Jackson in Pulp Fiction.

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.