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Mandingo

Released 1975
Distributor Paramount

In recent years Richard Fleischer’s critically derided adaptation of‚ Kye Onstott’s ‚ steamy novel has been revalued as a progressive portrait of a racist era, but Josh Olson begs to differ. Even in its day this anti-Gone With the Wind‚ effusion was considered beyond the pale, but it was successful enough on the exploitation circuit to inspire an equally lurid‚ sequel, Drum. James Mason deals with it like a trouper.

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.