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McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Released 1971
Distributor Warner Bros.

Filmed under the unlikely title The Presbyterian Church Wager, this opium-fueled anti-western was shot in sequence on frigid Vancouver locations. Director Altman and star Warren Beatty (in a role the studio wanted George C. Scott to play) collaborated on script revisions throughout. The mesmerising result, strikingly shot by Vilmos Zsigmond, plays somewhat like a Leonard Cohen music video.

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.