TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

David Morse

Season 04 | Episode 17

David Morse


Actor David Morse (The Virtuoso, The Green Mile, Treme) joins Josh and Joe to talk about his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Dancer In The Dark (2000)
A History Of Violence (2005)
The Indian Runner (1991)
Inside Moves (1980) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Death Wish (1974) – Darren Bousman’s trailer commentary
The Virtuoso (2021)
The Crossing Guard (1995)
Prototype (1983)
Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann (1991)
Seven Beauties (1975)
Swept Away (1974)
Mimic (1997)
Hannibal (2001)
Mean Streets (1973)
Taxi Driver (1976) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary
The Godfather Part II (1974) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
Being There (1979) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)
A Shot In The Dark (1964) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary
Midnight Cowboy (1969) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Papillon (1973)
Straight Time (1978) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Straw Dogs (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Wait Until Dark (1967) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Catch 22 (1970) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Desperate Hours (1990)
The Bounty (1984)
Proof Of Life (2000)
Aguirre: The Wrath Of God (1972)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) – Edgar Wright’s trailer commentary
Year of the Dragon (1985)
Heaven’s Gate (1980)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
16 Blocks (2006)
The Glass Web (1953)

Other Notable Items

Hill Street Blues TV series (1981-1987)
St. Elsewhere TV series (1982-1988)
Magnum, P.I. TV series (1980-1988)
Homicide: Life On The Street TV series (1993-1999)
The Good Lord Bird TV series (2020)
The Deuce TV series (2016-2019)
Treme TV series (2010-2013)
Escape At Dannemora miniseries (2015)
Hack TV series (2002-2004)
Sean Penn
Richard Donner
Leo Penn
Viggo Mortenson
“Highway Patrolman” song by Bruce Springsteen (1982)
Patricia Arquette
Charles Bronson
Gene Hackman
Jon Voight
David Goodis
Movies Unlimited
Anthony Hopkins
Eddie Marsan
Anson Mount
Nick Stagliano
The Orson Welles Cinema in Massachusetts
Lina Wertmüller
Giancarlo Giannini
Alec Guinness
Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
Robert Picardo
Spencer Tracy
Levinson & Link
Columbo TV series (1968-1978, 1989-2003)
Christopher Plummer
Frankenstein novel by Mary Shelley (1818)
Jean-Pau Belmondo
Ealing Studios
Peter Sellers
Laurence Olivier
Ralph Richardson
Othello play by William Shakespeare (1603)
Joan Crawford
Bette Davis
Barbara Stanwyck
Charlotte Rampling
Hal Ashby
Peter Medak
Blake Edwards
The Pink Panther film series
Stanley Kubrick
Dustin Hoffman
Alan Arkin
Adam Arkin
Woody Allen
Leonardo DiCaprio
Michael Cimino
Mickey Rourke
Mel Gibson
Werner Herzog
Klaus Kinski
Montgomery Clift
American Cinematheque Theatre in Hollywood
Clint Eastwood
John Savage
Edward G. Robinson
Claudette Colbert

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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.