TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Bruce Dern

Season 04 | Episode 11

Bruce Dern


Legendary movie star, Last Call‘s Bruce Dern, joins Josh and Joe to discuss a few of his favorite movies and moments.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Cowboys (1972)
Last Call (2021)
Silent Running (1972)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Reivers (1969)
The War Wagon (1967)
Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)
The Shootist (1976)
Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949)
Wild River (1960)
Viva Zapata (1952)
Castle Keep (1969)
The Big Knife (1955)
Attack (1956)
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Suspicion (1941)
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Trial (1962)
Great Expectations (1946)
The Sound Barrier (1952)
Oliver Twist (1948)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
RKO 281 (1999)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Mank (2020)
The Chase (1966)
The Formula (1980)
Shine (1996)
All That Jazz (1979)
A Decade Under The Influence (2003)
Shane (1953)
The Sons Of Katie Elder (1965)
The King Of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Deliverance (1972)
Nebraska (2013)
Twixt (2011)
The ’Burbs (1989)
About Schmidt (2002)
Sideways (2004)
The Descendants (2011)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Charade (1963)
The Truth About Charlie (2002)

Other Notable Items

The Goldman Theatre in Philadelphia
University of the Arts 
Mastbaum Theatre
Temple University
John Chaney
Walton Goggins
The Cinerama Dome
The Paramount Theatre
John Wayne
Douglas Trumbull 
Charles F. Wheeler 
Mark Rydell 
Steve McQueen 
Kirk Douglas
Chuck Roberson 
Burt Kennedy 
James Garner
Walter Brennan 
Elia Kazan
Robert Mitchum
Bette Davis
Olivia De Havilland
Gunsmoke TV series (1955-1975)
Walter Hill
John Milius
Montgomery Clift
Lee Remick
Rip Torn
Pat Hingle
Geraldine Page
Screen Actors Guild
Darryl Zanuck
The Army-McCarthy Hearings
James Whitmore
Dalton Trumbo
William Eastlake 
Archibald MacLeish 
Christopher Plummer
The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts 
Charles Bronson
Anne Sheridan
Richard Basehart
The Actors’ Studio
Waiting For Godot play by Samuel Beckett
Lee Strasberg
Cheryl Crawford 
Quentin Tarantino
Elia Kazan
Janet Maslin
Robert Aldrich 
Joan Crawford 
Alfred Hitchcock
Joan Fontaine
Brian Aherne
Things I’ve Said, But Probably Shouldn’t Have: An Unrepentant Memoir by Bruce (2007)
Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder miniseries (1987)
Omar Shariff
Peter O’Toole
T.E. Lawrence 
Jack Clayton 
Mia Farrow
André Previn
Soon-Yi Previn
General Bernard Montgomery
Robert Redford
Haya Harareet
Orson Welles
Anthony Perkins
Franz Kafka
David Lean
Liev Schreiber 
William Randolph Hearst
Marion Davies
Charlton Heston
William Wyler
Jeffrey Hunter
Marlon Brando
Angie Dickinson
George C. Scott 
Geoffrey Rush 
Roy Scheider
Bob Fosse
Mort Sahl 
George Carlin
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls book by Peter Biskind (1998)
Ted Demme
Henry Hathaway
Dennis Hopper
Bob Rafelson
Dinah Shore
Burt Reynolds
Ellen Burstyn
Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Joe and Bruce’s episode of CSI: NY, “Boo” (2007)
Francis Ford Coppola 
Gia Coppola 
Laura Dern 
Elle Fanning 
Val Kilmer
Stephen King
Alexander Payne 
Gil Garcetti 
The Cannes Film Festival
Paramount Pictures
Brad Grey
Adam Goodman
John Johnson
Stanley Tucci
Tom Hanks
Corey Feldman
Hal Ashby
John Frankenheimer
The Telluride Film Festival
TFH Guru Allan Arkush
Jonathan Demme 
Walter Matthau

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

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 and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.